Chinese Evergreen Plant
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Why are lower leaves on Chinese evergreen drooping and curling?

Zone BC Canada | Angel53 added on August 19, 2014 | Answered

I bought a Chinese evergreen plant about 3 months ago. I noticed today the lower leaves are starting to curl under. Should the plant sit on rocks with water covering them? It is not normal. Thank you very much.

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theficuswrangler
Answered on August 20, 2014

Do you water your plant? If, in the 3 months you've had it, you've only watered it 2 or 3 times, it's probably starting to droop from lack of water. However, if you've been watering it once a week or so, it's probably suffering from over-wet roots. If the roots stay too wet, root rot will set in, and you'll probably lose the plant. Everytime, before you water, check the soil moisture in the bottom of the pot. Use a moisture meter, or a thin dowel or kebob skewer. The moisture meter should read almost dry. The dowel between your fingers should feel only barely damp.
When you water, make sure there's a runoff from the drainage holes, so you know the roots have been completely moistened. You can leave the water in the saucer, it should be gone within a couple of days. You don't need to let the Chinese evergreen sit on a wet pebble tray, or worry about misting -- these plants are perfectly happy in any environment you find comfortable. This article will give you some more information: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/houseplants/chinese-evergreen/chinese-evergreen-plants.htm

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