Why Ti Plants Get Brown Leaves

I do not know which type of plant this is and how to care for it. I have been giving it a drink of about 8oz of water every other day and have noticed that the ends of the leaves are browning. Am I over watering, under, or is it related to the light that it gets, or does not get?

Hi Heather,

Red Ti Plant

Ti Plant with brown leaves

Your plant is called a Hawaiian Ti Plant. Proper watering is the most difficult part of taking care of a Hawaiian Ti Plant. The soil of a Ti Plant must always be moist but never soggy. A Ti Plant should never totally dry out. Use bottled water for a Ti Plant if your regular water contains fluoride or chlorine or passes through a water softener since these chemicals damage the leaves of a Ti Plant and cause them to turn brown. I also think you are over-watering your Ti Plant. Water a Ti Plant well and then allow the top 50% of the soil to dry out before watering again. You can read more about a Ti Plant in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.