Why Is My Parlor Palm Turning Brown?

by | Oct 25, 2021 | Care | 0 comments

It is common for people to be concerned when their parlor palm starts turning brown. When this happens, it can be worrying because of the possibility that the plant is dying.

However, there are a number of reasons why your parlor palm could turn brown and most of them are simply due to improper care.

In this blog post, we will explore some of these reasons so you can take better care of your plants!

Why Is My Parlor Palm Turning Brown?

Because of over-watering or leaf burning, your parlor palm has turned brown. The brown leaves from overwatering are moist, whereas burnt leaves are dry and crispy.

It’s vital to figure out what caused the leaves to discolor. I’ll go through these two reasons in-depth, as well as what you can do to prevent it from happening again.

Browning Parlor Palm Leaves from Too Much Water

If you notice that the leaves on your parlor palm are turning brown, this usually means it is overwatered. This causes parts of the leaf to turn black and die off.

When your plant is in a pot, it can be hard to tell how much water you are giving the parlor palm. It might look like the soil is dry, when it is actually moist under the surface of the soil.

To prevent this from happening to your plants, make sure that you are only watering them when the soil is completely dry. You can test this by sticking your finger in the soil.

If it feels dry, then you can water them with a small amount of filtered water that is room temperature. Alternatively, you can use a moisture meter to test the level of moisture in your soil.

Brown palm leaves are often linked to root rot, so be sure to check your plant as failure to treat root rot can result in the death of your parlor palm.

You can treat parlor palm root rot by removing all of the affected soil and replacing it with a new potting mix. Be sure to prune any of the rotten roots and discard them away from all plants in your home (to avoid fungal infections).

The type of water you give parlor palm plants matters too… I recommend only watering with filtered water that is room temperature. If you don’t have a water filtration system, then you can use distilled water or water that has been left out overnight.

Browning Parlor Palm Leaves from Leaf Burn

If your parlor palm leaves are turning brown, it could also be due to leaf burn. This usually happens if the plant has been directly exposed to a heat source for too long.

The symptoms of leaf burn include dry and crispy leaves that look burnt on top. However, the underside of the leaf will still be green.

This type of burn is common in plants that are kept indoors by a window or near an artificial light source, such as LED bulbs.

This happens because the sun emits different types of rays during different times of day, which can cause uneven exposure to your plant’s leaves.

So how do you prevent your parlor palm from burning?

It’s important to ensure that the plant is placed in an area where it will not receive any direct sunlight for more than a few hours. If this means turning off artificial lights, then do so! You can also use blinds or curtains to block out excess light if necessary.

If you do suspect that your parlor palm is burnt, there are some steps you can take. The first step would be to cut off the dead leaves using sharp garden shears for best results.

I would then recommend using natural sunscreen for plants to protect your plant from future damage.

Browning Parlor Palm Leaves FAQs

This palm isn’t the easiest plant to care for. As such, I will now answer some common questions I get asked about the leaves of this beautiful palm.

Will brown parlor palm leaves turn green again?

No, it is unlikely the leaves will ever be green again. The good news is that the plant will grow new green leaves if you take care of it.

Should I remove brown leaves from my parlor palm?

Yes, you should always remove brown leaves from your parlor palm. This allows the plant to focus on growing new leaves. Besides, it looks better when the plant is full and green.

Will too much water cause the parlor palm to turn brown?

Yes, it is possible for your parlor palm to turn brown from too much water. This will cause the leaves of the plant to become discolored and moist.

Why are my parlor palm leaves wet?

This is likely due to guttation, which is the natural process plants use to release water. If your leaves are wet, there isn’t any need to worry as it’s a normal part of the plant’s life cycle!

Will direct sun cause parlor palm leaves to turn brown?

Yes, the leaves of the parlor palm could turn brown if they are given direct sun. This will cause them to become crispy and dry, which is a sign that your plant has received too much direct sun.


In conclusion, there are a number of reasons for parlor palm leaves to turn brown. These include root rot, leaf burn, and too much water. I hope you now have a better idea of why your plant is turning brown, and what to do about it!

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