Why Leaves on a Hawaiian Volcano Plant Turn Brown

Hi Judy. I have an Anthurium Small Talk Red (Hawaiian Volcano Plant). The green leaves are getteing dry and dead on the ends and I was wondering what may be causing this. I have followed the instructions with keeping 1/4-1/2″ of water in the dish it sits in, and it sits on a table where it only gets bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light.. I’m hoping you may be able to help me because this is such a cute plant and a conversation piece and I don’t want it to die. Brenda

Hi Brenda,

There are a couple of things that may be causing the leaves on your Hawaiian Volcano Plant to turn brown on the ends. First, the quality of the water your are using. The water should not contain chlorine or fluoride; if it does, allow the water to sit out 24 hours before using it. Never use water that had passed through a softener, it has too much salt in it. When you fertilize, monthly would be best, dilute the fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small. to 1/4 the recommended strength. Keep the the plant away from intense heat or air conditioning drafts.