7 Reasons of Stromanthe Triostar Brown Tips [Fixing Guide]

Several factors are responsible for stromanthe triostars tips browning such as underwatering and water quality, sunburn, lack of moisture, dry soil, fertilizer burn, low temperature and pests.

But the good news is that by following some simple guidelines, you can quickly bring back your infected stromanthe triostar to a fresh and healthy one. 

In this article, I will discuss some such fixing methods in detail. So stay with me and read the article very carefully.

Quick Fixing Guide Brown Tips of Stromanthe Triostar

Problem Solution 
Under watering and water qualityTwice watering a week is recommended.
SunburnKeep your plants under bright indirect sunlight.
Lack of moistureMaintain a 40-50% humid environment.
Dry soilUse perlite and peat moss when preparing pot soil.
Fertilizer burnNo fertilizer is recommended. 
Low temperature The temperature should be 55-75° F.
PestsUse good quality insecticides.

Effective Methods for Turning Back Stromanthe Triostar Brown Tips

Stromanthe Triostar Turning Brown

1. Under Watering and Water Quality

If you notice brown tips of your stromanthe triostar, in most cases under watering and irregular watering are mainly responsible. 

When you don’t give your plant enough water, your plant becomes ineffective in performing its own functions. As a result, it is very normal for the tips to turn brown.

Water quality is also a major factor for stromanthe triostar tips turn brown. Normal tap water contains various types of chemicals such as chlorine, sulfur, fluorine and some minerals. 

They also make the water salty.  

And when you use this salt water in your plants, these sodium and chloride ions will cause toxicity. Saltwater is also responsible for dehydrating your plants. The result is brown tips, curly leaves and stems wilting.

Also, normal tap water that comes out of the pipe may contain excess iron and lead, which are also harmful to your plants.

Fixing Guide

First, you need to have a plan for proper watering. Stromanthe triostar generally prefers twice watering in a week. If timely watering is difficult for you then you can use an automatic watering machine (our pick: Upgraded DIY Automatic Drip Irrigation Kit)

The shock and dry method is also an effective way for regular watering. For this, you need to place a thick cloth at the base of the tree. After that, your only task is to keep the cloth always wet.

Regular water filtration is necessary to protect plants from chemicals mixed in the water. In that case, you can use a water filtering machine. Use normal-temperature water instead of cold water to avoid any shocking situation.

Besides, if you have to use normal tap water, first fill a container with water and keep it for 24 hours before using it. The best option is to use rainwater.

2. Sunburn

Sunburn is the most common reason for stromanthe triostar brown tips. Excess sunlight is responsible for sunburn. 

Sunlight is essential for the growth of any plant, right?  But if you keep your stromanthe triostar plants under the full sun for too long, the tips of your plants will soon start to turn brown.

So what are the exact symptoms of sunburn?  Pay close attention, Your plant’s leaves will take on a burnt brown color, and the leaves will shrivel and fall off from exposure to sunlight.

Fixing Guide

Generally, stromanthe triostar plant prefers bright indirect sunlight. That is, your plant should be placed in a position where the sunlight is bright enough to create a light shade, but not too dark.

It can be the north or east-facing window of your room. All the windows of your room have full sunlight. In that case, you can place the plant in a partially shady place. Or you can use shade cloth.

Rotation can also be an effective way to protect your plant from the full sun. You have to rotate the pot after a certain time.

Sunburned leaves are usually not recoverable. So you can remove them carefully.

3. Lack of Moisture

Excessive dryness or lack of moisture can cause the tips of your stromanthe triostar plants to turn brown. 

If you keep your plant inside an AC room, around a heater, or in an overly humid place, your plant is not getting enough moisture.  

As a result, the plant begins to wither and the leaves turn brown.

Fixing Guide

Stromanthe triostar are basically tropical plants. So a 40-50% humid environment is best for them. 

Humidity levels should never be allowed to drop below 40%. For this, you can use a good quality humidifier(our pick).

If your plant is in an AC room or near a heater, shift it to an open environment immediately.

Spraying water every morning from top to bottom will keep your plant’s moisture level in check.

4. Dry Soil

Excessively dry soil is unsuitable for any plant.  If you plant your stromanthe triostar in soil that is unable to hold water, it is normal for your plant’s tips to turn brown.

Dry garden soil means it can’t provide enough water to your plants when they need it.  Without water, the biochemical cycle of the plant will be destroyed. 

Due to a lack of sufficient nutrients, the leaves of the plant will fall off, curl, and turn yellow and the tips will turn brown.

Fixing Guide

The first thing you need to do is to prepare the ideal soil for your plants. Ideal soil will have adequate aeration, water holding capacity, organic material suitable for plants, not excess acidic or basic, and contain beneficial bacteria The pH should be 6-7. 

You can use peat moss and perlite in your garden soil or you can also buy a ready-made potting soil mix (our pick: Miracle-Gro Indoor Potting Mix)

Besides, giving less water is one of the causes of dry soil. So you have to be careful about water on time.  

If the soil of your plant has been dry for a long time, then add 1-1.5 liters of water now and make sure that the excess water can drain away.

5. Fertilizer Burn

The habit of over-fertilizing can burn your plant’s tips. When you’re over-fertilizing your plants, you’re increasing salt levels which dehydrates your plants. 

At the same time, your plant’s cellular respiration is shutting down. Due to this, the leaves of your stromanthe triostar are fading.

There are a few signs that can help you determine if overfertilization is the cause of your plant’s leaf tips turning brown. Excess fertilizer will accumulate at the base of the plant, the lower leaves will drop first, the leaves will first turn brown and crispy, and plant growth will slow down.

Fixing Guide

Stromanthe triostar is generally low maintenance plants so they do not require additional fertilizers. If you’ve been thinking about over-fertilizing your plants for faster growth, change your mind now.  

If you are sure that your plant’s leaves are browning due to excess fertilizer, first remove the accumulated fertilizer at the base of the plant.  

Remove dried leaves quickly, this will save your plant’s stored energy. Apply more water to the plant. It is best if you change the soil once in a while.

6. High Temperature

Excessive heat is harmful to your plants. If you place your plant in an area that gets too much sun or if you live in a place where the temperature is higher than normal it can cause the tips of your plant’s leaves to turn brown and discolored.

Excessive temperatures dry out the soil, dehydrate plants and increase water demand.  And when the plant does not get this adequate water supply, the normal functioning of the plant is affected.  which turns the leaf tips brown and weakens the plant.

Fixing Guide

A warmer temperature is recommended for stromanthe triostar. They prefer 55-75° F temperature. 

If your plant is in an overheated area, move it quickly. If your room temperature is not suitable for plants, you should use a temperature control machine.

If your plant is outdoors, plant it in a shaded location. 

7. Pests

Spider mites are the most common pests responsible for your stromanthe triostar plant leaves tip Browning.

Spider mites generally attack When your plant is in a low humidity condition. A tiny dot line on the leaf indicates their presence. Most of the time they are not visible to the naked eye.

They usually attack the leaves in groups and cause a nutrient deficiency in the leaves by sucking the cell sap from the leaves. As a result, the leaves become wilted and turn brown with a loss of viability.

Fixing Guide

Insecticide application is the most effective way to kill spider mites. You can buy a good quality insecticide (Our pick: Monterey LG 6145 70% Neem Oil Ready-To-Spray Insecticide, Miticide, & Fungicide)

If you prefer organic products, you can make an effective insecticide at home. Here I am sharing a recipe.

#Recipe 1- Making Baking Soda Spray

Raw materials: Baking soda, vegetable oil, Neem oil, soap, water, and vinegar.

Stromanthe Propagation Care Tips

Process :

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 5 ml of vegetable oil and a soap solution. 
  • Add the solution with 1 liter of water.
  • Stir the mixture for at least 10 minutes.
  • Add one teaspoon of vinegar and 5 ml of neem oil to it.
  • Spray the mixture every morning and evening for one week.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Q: What humidity levels does the Stromanthe Triostar require?

Ans: Stromanthe Triostar thrives in high-humidity environments. To increase humidity, you can use a humidifier, place the plant on a pebble tray with water, or group it with other plants to create a microclimate. Misting the leaves can also help, but be cautious not to mist excessively.

Q: Can nutrient deficiencies lead to brown tips on Stromanthe Triostar?

Ans: Yes, nutrient deficiencies, particularly in essential macronutrients like nitrogen, can cause brown tips on Stromanthe Triostar leaves. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer specifically formulated for houseplants to ensure proper nutrition. Follow the package instructions for application rates and frequency.

Q: Should I Remove the Brown leaves?

Ans: yes. Any dry brown leaves on the plant should be removed. This saves your plant from unnecessary energy consumption.

Q: Is overwatering in Stromanthe triostar dangerous?

Ans: Overwatering is dangerous for stromanthe triostar plants. Excessive water logging causes root rot problems. which can kill the plant.

Final Word

Although stromanthe triostar plants can survive with little care, you should be alert whenever the tips turn brown. If the main cause is identified quickly and necessary measures are taken, the tree will recover very easily. 

Hopefully, by following my fixing methods you can make your stromanthe triostar look fresh again.

Happy gardening.

James Rivenburg
James Rivenburg
James Rivenburg

James Rivenburg is the founder of plantandpest.com, a passionate gardener with valuable experience and knowledge gained through trial and error. The website has a large community of followers who trust his tips and techniques and have succeeded with his advice. He is always Committed to helping others create a beautiful and healthy garden.

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