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House plant browning

Hi everybody, I was gifted this plant a few months ago, first time with a house plant. I believe it is a Chinese Evergreen? However I’ve started to have a an issue with brown spots and dead leave? Any help as to why or what I can do to solve the issue? 
Many thanks.


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,014
    Those brown spots look like scale insects which are sucking the sap from the leaves. Remove with cotton buds and alcohol (surgical spirit, gin etc whichever you have to hand). 

    Is it planted directly into that pot? Does it have drainage holes?  If not that might be causing a problem … water logging can cause brown leaves. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 10,128
    edited March 2022
    I agree, make sure the drainage is OK, and keep checking for scale insects once a week or so in case there are more waiting to hatch. Methylated spirit also works on them, and alcohol-based hand sanitiser would be worth a try if you don't have surgical spirit or meths and don't want to use the good stuff.
    You can snip off the brown bits - they won't turn green again and it'll look better without them. 
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Thank you guys! I will try removing the insects and re-pot into pot with better draining.
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