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Troubleshooting Chart

Symptoms Possible Causes
Soft or mushy stem 1.Too high a moisture content in the compost/soil. See Watering for more info. 2.Possible fungal infections such as damping off or rot, see Damping Off for more info.
Brown, crisp leaf edges on living leaves 1.Air surrounding the plant is too hot. See Temperature for more info. 2.Not meeting humidity requirements for the plant type. See Humidity for more info.
Sudden loss of healthy growing leaves 1.Extreme temperature drop or draft. See Temperature for more info. 2.Possible root rot if the compost is noticed to be overly damp. See Root Rot for more info. 3.Too little water. See Watering for more info
Gradual loss of healthy growing leaves 1.Too little water. See Watering for more info. 2.Too much water. See Watering for more info. 3.Too little light. See Light for more info.
Whole plant is wilted and lifeless 1.Not enough water (most likely answer). See Watering for more info. 2.Too much water. See Watering for more info. 3.Fertilizer burn. See Nutrients for more info.

4.Too cold. See Temperature for more info.

Colored sticky substance on leaves and stems 1.Probable sap sucking insects leaving 'honey dew' which is causing fungus growth. See Aphid, Scale or Mealybug for more information.