Often times, if you let your houseplant’s soil get bone dry, especially for extended periods, the lower leaves will typically turn brown and crispy. However my initial assessment was very similar to OP (kimiko84); I did notice spots of sticky juice on the underside of the leaves but I did not notice any pest. It was hidden in a grouping of plants and was looking less than stellar. Below is what your calathea will look like if you forget to water. How to Remove Dead Dry Leaves on a Calathea Makoyana. Calathea drooping/wilting leaves Calathea Warscewiczii FAQ Now you’ve read our Calathea Warscewiczii care guide , take a look at some of the most commonly asked questions and see if any of the questions being asked are ones you wanted answering yourself. Calathea brown leaves and crispy edges. Even the new leaf emerging is looking sad. When I went on to google what it was, one pest that seems to leave a sticky residue was the scale bug. Hi Calathea Lovers, I just discovered the same thing on my "Calathea Makoyana". Signs that your Calathea isn’t doing too well include crispy tips and yellowing leaves. 4. As for flowers, Calathea do often bloom in the wild, but they tend not to bloom much indoors. It is sensitive to drying out. Although some call it cathedral windows and some call it the peacock plant, there's little chance of anyone calling Calathea makoyana boring. That said, take care not to overwater. heres a link of my previous posts. The thread "Calathea Ornata Pinstripe, leaves crispy" in Houseplants forum | After that, the only pruning you need to do is that of yellow, crispy, or brown leaves. If the potting mix stays wet or saturated for extended periods, the roots will drown and rot. (Excuse the pink glow on the leaves. Could it be sunburn? My calathea has brown, crispy edges on most of the leaves. Underwatering is one cause of why your houseplants may be exhibiting dry and crispy leaves. Its beautiful leaves will develop brown, crispy edges if it does not get enough moisture. The rolled-up leaves aren’t dead, but they are close. Either over- or under-watering your plants may cause leaf edges to brown. In fact, Calathea plants usually will only grow to about 2 feet in height and then stop. sadly my pinstripe calathea is about the same! Your plant doenst have enough moisture, and that’s why the leaves turn brownish, and edges become brittle. And the first step to dealing with spider mites is recognising they’ve moved in. Brown edges on leaves are common with calathea and may result from either fertilizing when the soil is dry or uneven watering. I took pictures near my under-counter grow lights which obviously give things a slight pink glow….) While they have absolutely stunning foliage, their delicate often paper-thin leaves are a magnet for these critters. The downward spiral of a calathea . 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