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What To Do If Your Plant’s Leaves Are Turning Yellow

Are your plant's leaves starting to turn yellow? Here are some tips on how to treat it back to health

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All plant parents out there know that adding houseplants into a space involves knowing how to care for them well. But there are instances when our plants exhibit some worrying symptoms, like yellowing leaves. There is a wide variety of reasons behind why this could happen, which can make addressing the issue even trickier. Here are some of those reasons, and what you can do to deal with them.


Maybe your plant needs fertilizer

Yellowing leaves can be a sign of nutrient deficiency, which will interfere with your plant’s photosynthesis. In particular, the fact that your plant’s leaves are turning yellow can mean that it isn’t getting enough nitrogen.

How to Deal With It: If you think that your plant’s issue may be nitrogen deficiency, buy plant food that contains nitrogen and feed it to the plant according to the recommended feeding rate, to also avoid fertilizer burn, which can cause the leaves to get scorched.

READ: What You Need To Know About Fertilizers

Look for symptoms of pest infestation

The presence of different kinds of plant pests may also cause yellowing of plant leaves. Though it can be difficult to see these pests with the naked eye, the signs of pest infestation such as tiny holes on the leaves and white wax on the plant are easily visible.

How to Deal With It: Rinse off the plant or prune the infested leaves. You may also opt to spray insecticide on your plants to keep pests at bay.

READ: How To Get Rid Of Insects In Your Garden In Less Than A Day

Check for signs of over- or under-watering

Another common factor that can cause yellowing leaves is the presence of too much or too little water. To see how much moisture your plant has been getting, press a finger about an inch deep into the soil. If the soil is too dry, your plant may be under-watered. If the soil is damp, your plant may either be getting enough water or over-watered. Your plant is more likely to be overwatered if there is also a stale, musty smell coming out of it.

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How to Deal With It: Adjust your watering schedule to make sure that your plant receives just enough moisture. You may also want to transfer it into a container with better drainage.


Get them in a sunny spot

Yellowing leaves may also be caused by insufficient sunlight received by your plant. This may be difficult to address if you live in a place that doesn’t get a lot of natural light.

How to Deal With It: The best solution is to put your plant in a new spot where it can receive more sunlight permanently, or at least for a few hours. Make sure to take note of how your plant reacts to this change, especially if it is a sensitive plant that may have difficulties adjusting to relocation.

Protect your plant from the cold

If you always have your air conditioning unit turned on, this may be another reason why your plant’s leaves are turning yellow. A chilly environment may also be causing your plant to get water-logged.

How to Deal With It: Consider relocating your plant in a warmer place, or maybe just turn the AC on less often—that way, you don’t just take care of your plant’s health, you also save on electricity. Also, remember that plants situated in cold environments don’t need to be watered very often, because it takes longer for the moisture in the soil to evaporate.

Source: Apartment Therapy

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