Stromanthe Plant Turning Brown and Curling

My new Stromanthe TrioColor has developed brown, curling, leaves. Am I watering the plant too much or not enough?

Hi Sharon,

There are several reasons why a stromanthe plant gets brown curling leaves.

A Stromanthe plant needs high humidity to keep its beautiful leaves looking good. If your house is dry, you need to place a stromanthe on a wet pebble tray. Be sure the plant is sitting on the pebbles and not in the water. You can also place a small humidifier in the room for group some plants together to create a mini greenhouse effect. Overwatering can also be a problem. A Stromanthe likes to be kept barely moist at all times. Be careful not to over-water or the roots rot and the plant dies. In winter, allow the soil of a Stromanthe to dry out a little more, but never completely. There must be drip holes in the bottom of the pot so excess water can escape. The quality of the water in another issue. If your household water contains a lot of fluorine  or chlorine, allow it to sit out over night before using it or use rain water or use distilled water. Never use water that has passed through a softener, it is too salty and damages the leaves.

You can read all my care tips for a Stromanthe plant in the Popular HousePlant section of the website.