9 Reasons Why Teddy Bear Vine is Turning Brown with Solutions

Teddy Bear Vine, Cyanotis kewensis

Teddy Bear Vine may turn brown due to a number of reasons which include improper watering, pest infestation, root-rot, extremely high temperatures, too little light, improper feeding among others.

Brown leaves in Teddy Bear Vine are an indication that the growing conditions are not right. Below we have discussed 9 causes of browning in Teddy Bear Plant. Keep on reading for more on these causes and how to fix them.

Reasons why Teddy Bear Plant may Turn Brown and their Remedies.

1. Overwatering

Overwatering a Teddy Bear Vine will lead to soggy soil (excess water in the soil). Too much water in the soil reduces the oxygen concentration in the rootzone and this causes the roots to die due to root-rot.

When roots die, they cannot take up water to the leaves, they wilt due to dehydration, turn brown and die.


Carefully slip the plant out of its pot and inspect the roots. Brown-black mushy roots indicate root-rot, trim them off and treat the entire plant with a fungicidal solution.

Disinfect the pot with the fungicidal solution or use a fresh pot to repot the plant in fresh free-draining soil.

Do not water the plant and keep it dry for some time before resuming watering. Read more on how to deal with root-rot here.

Alternatively, if the plant is badly damaged, use the healthy stems to propagate new plants. Read on how to propagate Teddy Bear Vine from stem cuttings.

To avoid getting soggy soil, ensure that the pot has a drainage hole and the soil is free-draining.

Allow the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings and reduce watering during the cold season to maintain the soil slightly moist as growth is minimal at this time.

2. Underwatering

Underwatering means that there is too little moisture in the soil. As such, the Teddy Bear Vine cannot take up nutrients and water to the leaves. Therefore, they wilt, turn brown and die.


Water the plant liberally during the growing season until it comes out through the drainage holes while allowing the top 1-2 in. of soil to dry out between waterings.

Reduce watering during the cold season but do not let the soil dry out completely, maintain the soil moderately moist.

3. Pest Infestations

Teddy Bear Vine is prone to Aphids and Spider Mites. These pests attack the new growth from where they suck the plant sap.

This causes the plant to become dehydrated and results in the leaves wilting and browning.


Regularly inspect the plant for these pests and take timely control measures.

Treat the Teddy Bear Vine appropriately for the pests with appropriate products like neem oil or insecticidal soap among others.

4. Too Hot Temperatures

Teddy Bear Vine requires average room temperatures within the range of 15-270C with a minimum of 130C for optimum growth.

Extremely hot temperatures above the optimum range will cause dehydration of the leaves resulting in wilting, browning and eventual leaf drop.


Keep the Teddy Bear Vine away from hot drafts like hot surfaces, hot air vents and other hot areas to prevent extremely high temperatures.

Also, do not expose the plant to hot direct sunshine as it can cause extremely hot temperatures which can cause browning of the plant.

Maintain an average room temperature within the range of 15-270C. Usually, a room temperature that is comfortable for you is ideal for this plant.

5. Too Little Light

The Teddy Bear Vine requires bright, indirect light with some direct sunshine to thrive. The light is needed for making food that is required for energy and growth.

If the light is insufficient the plant cannot make enough food for energy and growth. In an attempt to save energy, it begins to die from the leaves. They turn yellow, brown and eventually die.


Move Teddy Bear Vine to a brighter spot where it will receive bright light with some direct sunshine or instal a grow light if natural light is not adequate.

Regularly turn the pot to ensure that the plant absorbs enough light for photosynthesis on all sides.

6. Overfeeding

Overfeeding Teddy Bear Vine will cause the roots to die due to fertilizer burn. When the roots die, they cannot take up water to the leaves. Without adequate water, the leaves get dehydrated, they wilt, turn brown and die.


Take care not to overfeed the plant. Feed Teddy Bear Vine every 4 weeks during the growing season with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and follow the instructions on the label of the plant food to avoid overfeeding.

Do not feed during the cold season as growth is minimal at this time and feeding at this time can lead to fertilizer burn.

Regularly flush out the salts from the soil by running a stream of water through the soil until it comes out through the drainage holes and repeat the process several times.

7. Underfeeding

Underfeeding implies that the Teddy Bear Vine is not getting enough nutrients need for growth and energy. Inadequate nutrients in the actively growing tips causes nutrients to be withdrawn from the older lower leaves which turn yellow, brown and drop.


Feed Teddy Bear Plant every 4 weeks during the growing period with a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and follow the instructions on the label of the plant food to avoid underfeeding.

8. Root Bound Plant

If a Teddy Bear Vine is root-bound, the roots have filled the pot and there is very little soil to hold water when you water the plant.

Therefore, there is no water for the plant to take up to the leaves. The leaves loss their stiffness and they wilt, turn brown and drop.


Check the bottom of the pot for roots growing through the drainage hole and repot the vine into a pot one size larger than the current one.

9. Poor Quality Soil

Poor quality soil does not drain easily and therefore it easily becomes compacted or soggy which can negatively impact the growth of the Teddy Bear Vine.

Teddy Bear Vine requires loose, free-draining soil that does not hold excessive amounts of water as soggy soil can lead to root-rot disease which is characterized by yellowing, browning and dropping leaves.


Pot the plant in good quality soil that is loose, free-draining and rich in organic matter like these quality Cactus and Succulents Soil on Etsy.

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