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I just purchased this plant last Sunday. I repotted it and watered it the same day. Since then the leaves have begun to curl and one of the leaves is developing a large brown spot. The temperature in my apartment ranges from 72-80 degrees. What's causing this issue and how do I fix it?

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It looks like shipping damage, either the plant got too cold or too hot. Remove the leaf and carry on...

Edit: could be too much sun light. You would have to wait and see as that usually develops into a dry paper thin area of the leaf. The plant looks healthy so you could wait and see or take it back for a refund.

If it is fungal/viral/bacterial you will usually see it as small spots rather than the large area of damaged tissue that you see.

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  • I bought it from a local nursery and brought it back myself. Could it possibly be too much direct sunlight -- a form of sunburn? I noticed that there's also a large brown mark developing on the other leaf closest to the window behind the new unfurling leaf. I'm facing northeast and get direct light from about 4-7pm. – Chris Sep 18 '15 at 1:40
  • I'll wait a few days to see what happens to the brown area. I've rotated the plant so that the damaged leaves are away from the window and shifted the whole plant back a few feet. Thanks for helping out! – Chris Sep 18 '15 at 2:09
  • @Chris the brown area is dead tissue, so don't expect it to go back to green. It's bad aesthetically, but not really a drain on the plant. Cutting it off will improve the appearance, and promote new growth. – J. Musser Sep 18 '15 at 3:23
  • That's a shame; it's the biggest leaf on the plant, which doesn't have many as you can see. Where should I cut it? From the base? – Chris Sep 19 '15 at 0:10
  • Yes, take a clean razor or xacto knife and cut at the base close to the stem – kevinsky Sep 19 '15 at 1:47

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