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The single sheet or Spathiphyllum can be found in many living rooms. The tropical plant, originally from the humid rainforests of South America, is not only a pretty plant decoration, but is also easy to care for and also thrives in dark apartments. Despite its undemanding nature, this houseplant also requires a minimum of care.

Brown leaf tips on the single leaf can be an indication of a lack of water

Brown leaf tips often indicate a lack of moisture

You can quickly tell from the coloring of the leaves that the single leaf is not feeling very well. For example, if the leaf tips suddenly turn brown, this is usually due to the room air being too dry. Spathiphyllum is a rainforest plant that needs temperatures of around 25 °C and very high humidity to feel comfortable - in its homeland, the South American rainforest, mainly in Colombia, these are exactly the conditions that prevail.

Beware of spider mites and red spiders

However, dry room air not only leads to dry and brown leaf tips, but also often to an infestation with spider mites or the red spider. These pests prefer to appear in warm and dry air conditions, particularly targeting weakened plants. The little animals suck off the leaf sap and damage the affected plant further, so that the unsightly discoloration of the leaves is often accompanied by stunted growth or a lack of flowering. Spider mites in particular are very difficult to detect due to their small size. However, treatment as early as possible helps to limit damage as much as possible.

Spray one leaf regularly - just not the flowers

For all of the reasons mentioned, it makes sense to mist the single sheet regularly using a spray bottle with a fine attachment. Use decalcified water for this, or even better soft rainwater, because the plant is very sensitive to lime. In addition, the spray water should be warm (room temperature is sufficient) to best simulate rainforest conditions. However, only spray the leaves, not the flowers - they could otherwise turn brown. By the way, the substrate should always be kept slightly moist. If the plant is repeatedly too dry, the leaf tips can also turn brown.


Brown spots or spots on the leaves of the single leaf, on the other hand, are usually an indication of over-fertilization, but can also be caused by pest infestation or a fungicidal disease.

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