Q.my arrowleaf plants do fine in water, but whenever i pot them they do badly – leaves turn yellow and stems get floppy. what am i
doing wrong? I have such bad luck with these plants, although I have very green thumbs and fingers! They do well in water for years but then, if I ever pot them with soil they always die. The leaves get yellow tips, then turn completely yellow and eventually fall off. I have my current one in a north facing window, no direct light, no direct sunlight. Temps in the room are between 60-75 Fahrenheit max. This is about the sixth arrow leaf plant I am unwillingly killing! It came from a healthy mother plant and was given to me by a neighbor. The neighbor said don’t water it much so I don’t. Please advise. thanks.
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It's the shock of going from water culture to soil culture. When rooting a plant in water, it is best to transfer to soil as soon as the plant starts to root. When it's been in water so long, it's used to constant water. When it goes into soil and watered less, it suffers.
When it's been in water a long time and you are moving it to soil, water it often to begin with and slowly reduce the amount of watering.