Help My Hawaii Ti Plant is dying!

Asked November 22, 2020, 10:45 PM EST

I purchased a Hawaii ti plant at the end of july. The plants has been growing beautiful for 5 months, with alot of beautiful green foilage at the top. I keep my plant in the house, and would bring it on the patio for sunlight for about 4 hours, then bring it back in the house. Sometimes I just keep it in the house and give it indirect light from the sun. I have been watering the plant with rain water that I catch outside when its raining, since I had the plant. The plant was doing amazing. I stop taking the plant outside once it got cold. I notice my plant needed to be repotted bec I could see the roots coming up from the top of the soil. I finally replanted my plant in a well drainage soil with perlite and bark in it. Now the leaves have started turning yellow and their falling off. It started from the bottom slowly, now its rapidly dying from the top. I barely have any leaves now and I don't know what happened. I mist my leaves everyday with rain water. There are no pest on my leaves. It was thriving for like 6 months and I don't know what happened. Please help, I'm devastated! Update, I just look at the soil and notice these tiny worm looking insects. I don't know what they are but I have attached a pic below. I didn't have any insects until I used new soil. This is what I was apprehensive about when replanting my plant. Please help!

Baltimore County Maryland

1 Response

You did not mention how you are caring for the plant. It may be losing leaves due to less light and cooler temperatures. We cannot accurately identify the larvae you are noticing in the soil. If the soil is staying moist, it may be fungus gnat larvae. They breed in moist potting soil. When the soil dries out the larvae die.

Even though you just repotted, we recommend removing the plant from the container and see what the root ball looks like. If the root ball is a solid mass of roots, we recommend breaking the roots up and repotting with fresh soil. Look for a soilless mixture, a mix of peat moss, perlite and vermiculite. The roots should be firm and whitish not brown and mushy. Remove brown dead roots.
Here is more information about how to care for your plant.