When it blooms, the Triostar Stromanthe exudes an impressive and vibrant color which can seal the deal for the great outlook you want for your home’s exterior or interior.
The eye-catching plant is an easy to propagate and low maintenance plant. They can be grown indoors and outdoors with the provision of adequate requirements needed for them to thrive. Some house plant growers prefer including the Stromanthe Triostar as part of Christmas decorations considering the bright colors it exudes.
The Triostar Stromanthe is quite easy to maintain but one major inhibition to its growth and bloom is its leaves curling which is an indication that you may not be doing something right.
When the leaves of the Stromanthe Triostar curl, it could be disheartening to the grower because the beauty of the plant lies in its wide and brightly colored leaves. In addition, the curling is also accompanied by drying leaves. A change in foliage appearance would in no small way disfigure the appearance of the plant.
Since the curling leaves of the Stromanthe Triostar are an indication that you may not be doing something right with your plant, we have provided everything you need to know concerning the causes, prevention, and how to fix the curling leaves of the Stromanthe Triostar.
What causes the curling of Stromanthe Triostar Leaves?
Here are a few reasons why your Triostar Stromanthe leaves may be all curled up.
Underwatering occurs when the watering rate does not meet the water requirements needed for your plant.
If your Triostar Stromanthe is deprived of the adequate amount of water needed to thrive, the soil would be unable to supply adequate nutrients to the roots. This would hurt the foliage appearance of your plant as the leaves would first start turning brown before starting to curl.
Stromanthe Triostar thrives in moist but not waterlogged soil. In addition, make use of distilled water instead of hard water which is usually from taps. The best kind of water to use is rainwater.
2. Exposure to direct sunlight
Stromanthe Triostars thrive in bright but indirect light. When exposed to direct sunlight, the harsh weather would affect the foliage appearance of the plant as they cannot withstand the heat from the direct sunlight.
When the leaves are exposed to direct sunlight, the leaves would start to fade before the leaves turn brown then start to curl.
Direct exposure to sunlight could also contribute to the Stromanthe Triostar soil drying out quickly.
Over-fertilization leads to the presence of excessive nutrients which is not good for the soil.
Fertilizers are used in enhancing the growth level of your Triostar Stromanthe but when they are overly fed, the roots would be affected and the effect would take a toll on the foliage appearance of the plants.
The sign of over-fertilization often starts with stunted growth then the leaves start looking burned or dried. Affected plants are prone to die if necessary steps are not quickly taken.
Aside from the effect on the foliage appearance, over-fertilization makes your Triostar Stromanthe prone to pests and diseases because the root system in that state cannot withstand uncomfortable conditions.
4. Inappropriate pot size
When the size of the Stromanthe Triostar container cannot accommodate the plant anymore, certain parts of the plant would be deprived of adequate nutrients required to thrive.
It’s either some parts are not receiving adequate oxygen, sunlight, water, or fertilizer. The effect of this is that the foliage appearance of the affected parts would start turning brown and curling.
How to Fix Stromanthe Triostar leaves curling issues
You cannot save a dried and curling Triostar Stromanthe but you can save the rest of their leaves from being affected by the same issue. The solution to fixing the curling issue is dependent on the exact cause.
You must identify the cause before proffering a solution to it. Based on the causes we have provided earlier, here is a list of ways you can fix the Stromanthe Triostar leaves curling issue.
1. Consider pruning
Since curled and dried Stromanthe Triostar cannot transform to its original foliage color, it is advisable to snip off the affected leaves to allow the growth of new leaves.
2. Inappropriate pot size
Change the pot or container if it has become root-bound. Select a bigger pot that would allow the even spread of nutrients such as water, sunlight, and fertilizer. Ensure the pot chosen is well drilled to prevent waterlogged soil for your Triostar Stromanthe.
Regulate your watering schedule to suit the watering needs of your Stromanthe Triostar. Regularly check the soil texture to determine the moisture level of your soil.
4. Fix over-fertilization
Once you identify over-fertilization as the cause of your Triostar Stromanthe leaves curling, stay off feeding them with fertilizers till your roots recover. If this proves ineffective, changing the soil is imminent; this gives the plant a fresh start.
After changing the soil, do not fertilize immediately but give the roots time to recover. Remember to always use the recommended dosage while feeding the plant with fertilizers. It is also important to be familiar with the best time and season to feed your plant with fertilizers.
5. Exposure to direct sunlight
The harsh treatment of being exposed to direct sunlight is something your Triostar Stromanthe cannot handle for long. Place the pot or container in shaded areas; you could place them beneath taller plants or trees.
How to prevent Stromanthe Triostar leaves from Curling
If you adhere to the following tips, your Triostar Stromanthe would be protected from its leaves curling and turning brown. These tips include:
- Ensure your Stromanthe Triostar is kept in a shaded area.
- Regularly water the plant but ensure the soil never gets waterlogged. Check the moisture level of the soil with your fingers to gauge the amount of water needed. The soil must not be completely dried out before you water it.
- Feed your Triostar Stromanthe with fertilizers every 2-3 months.
- Regularly prune your Stromanthe Triostar to allow an even spread of nutrients. Change the pot once the Triostar Stromanthe has overgrown its container.
- Regularly mist the leaves to improve the humidity level of the plant.
Tips for your Stromanthe Triostar plant
- Keep your pets away from the Stromanthe Triostar as pets are prone to nib on the leaves
- Stromanthe Triostar is susceptible to pests like aphids and spider mites. Once they appear, combat them immediately by making use of horticultural soaps. Regularly misting the leaves also keeps pests away.
- If the leaves start turning yellow, check your watering rate and reduce it immediately.
Give your Stromanthe Triostar a better chance by following the tips we have provided for you.
Curling leaves does not mean you have failed as a house plant grower, it just means you were not doing something right. Following the tips provided gives you a better edge if this issue reoccurs which most likely wouldn’t.