A leaf turning yellow is not a big problem. A whole plant that’s turning yellow is trouble though. Lots of first-time plant owners go through this experience. Even those that have been doing gardening for years still occasionally run into yellowing leaves and yellowing plants. This is a symptom of an unhealthy plant. Here is what you can do.
How To Recover A Plant’s Health If It Has Yellow Leaves
If you want to rehabilitate a plant with yellow leaves, sometimes, you can but other times, you can’t.
Temperature. Drastic, sudden changes in temperature can put stress on a plant. Prolonged exposure to very cold temperatures by windows or near air conditioners can be trouble. If you suspect this is the case, move the plant.
Sunlight. Your plant could either not be getting enough sun or getting too much. Yellow leaves usually indicates a plant that isn’t getting enough sunlight. If it’s yellow on the side furthest from the light source, this is a sign it’s a sunlight issue. To fix this, make sure your planter’s somewhere with sun. Once a week, rotate the pot to ensure natural light is reaching all sides of the plant. If positioning your plant somewhere with more light isn’t possible, consider buying an artificial plant light.
Moisture. Your plant could be either overwatered or under-watered. In gardening, this is called moisture stress. Inspect your soil to evaluate if this is the problem. If it’s dry, the trouble could be under-watering in which case you will want to give your plant more water and place your container on a plate to catch excess water so that its roots don’t dry out. If you think it’s overwatering, the solution is simply to water it less. An alternative is to buy a fake plant which doesn’t need to be watered at all.
Damaged roots. You could have root rot, root damage, or your plant could have an illness. This typically comes from poor nutrition. If the roots are failing, you may need to replace the plant. Trying to repot the plant in a larger container is a last-ditch effort to salvage the plant and eliminate soil compaction. You will also want to blend in organic materials and organic mulch, increasing the nutrients in the soil.
Aging. Another possible reason for yellow leaves is simply because the plant’s maturing and is preparing to grow more leaves.
Why It Might Be Time To Buy Artificial Plants
Premium realistic-looking artificial plants look great, will never yellow, and don’t face the same challenges that real plants do.
There are so many reasons to buy faux plants if you’re struggling with a real plant. They aren’t organic material so there’s no disease or age that’s going to impact them. They aren’t affected by moisture, temperature, or sunlight, either. There is no way a faux plant can yellow or be damaged in this way.
Switching to artificial plants may be the best decision you make, for the sake of your time and effort in caring for your plants.
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