Kevin Farrugia for Kitchen Infinity on why yellow leaves appear on houseplants.
SRB Signature Kitchens and Baths is a full-service, one-stop shopping design center. We have over 25+ years’ experience in this industry. We have general contractors on staff and all of our subcontractors are fully licensed and insured. Servicing Lunenburg, Fitchburg, Leominster, Westminster, Ashby, Ashburnham, Lancaster, Harvard, Ayer, Acton, Shirley, Townsend, Groton, Pepperell, Bolton.
It’s very frustrating when your favorite houseplant starts to show signs of stress, isn’t it?
Those yellowing leaves could mean that the plant is getting too much or not enough water. It might also be a sign that the light in the room isn’t right for this type of plant. Maybe you’re using tap water with chemicals in it or it could also mean that you’ve been fertilizing your plants every other week, which might be too little.
No matter what the cause is, understanding why your particular houseplant is showing these symptoms will help you find solutions more quickly and easily.
Plants need the right amount of light, water, and nutrients to grow well
All plants need the right balance of light, water, and nutrients to grow well. They use sunlight to create food through photosynthesis, and if they’re not getting enough light, they might start to turn yellow. This isn’t just true for houseplants – outdoor plants need the right amount of light too.
If your plant is getting too much water, the leaves might start to turn yellow because the roots can’t get enough air and the leaves will wilt. This happens because when you water your plants, the water doesn’t have time to evaporate between watering, which is what helps keep the roots healthy.
Low humidity in the air can also cause houseplants to lose their moisture more quickly, leading to yellow leaves. You can increase the humidity in the room by using a humidifier or placing your plants near a water source.
If you’re using tap water to water your plants, it’s important to check if any chemicals in it might be harmful to your plants. If so, you can use filtered or distilled water instead.
Houseplants need the right nutrients to stay healthy, and you can provide these nutrients by fertilizing your plants at least once every two weeks with a general-purpose fertilizer. Fertilizing your plants regularly will help them grow big and strong.
Different solutions to consider
Now that you know all about the reasons for yellow leaves on houseplants, let’s move on to the solutions.
If your plant is getting too little sun it’s best to find a brighter spot in your home. A south-facing window is great because it will get plenty of sunlight throughout the day.
If you’re using tap water that has chemicals in it like chlorine, you can use filtered or distilled water instead. If you have well water, the chemicals are most likely coming from your pipes. You can talk to someone at your local hardware store for more information about removing these chemicals from your house’s plumbing system if this is an issue you face.
You may find that even after fertilizing regularly with products made especially for houseplants, that they still start to show signs of yellowing leaves because of lack of nutrients – this is likely because you’ve been fertilizing every other week, but plants need supplemental food every week. If you find that this is the case, switch to fertilizing more often.
If your plant is losing moisture quickly, try using a humidifier or placing your plant on top of an inch-thick water-filled tray so the bottom sides of the leaves are touching – this will help increase humidity levels in your room.
If you have tried all of the above solutions and are still having issues with yellow leaves on your houseplants, then it might be time to talk to someone who knows about plants at a garden center nearby. If you’re not very familiar with gardening or plants in general, don’t worry about trying to diagnose what is wrong – it’s better not to guess and risk doing something that harms the plant.
Consider cleaning your household leaves and flowers to remove dust and other particles that can settle on the leaves and block sunlight. Regularly wiping your houseplants’ leaves with filtered or distilled water will also help remove any dirt or residue that might be clogging the pores in the leaves and causing yellowing – this is especially important if you’re using tap water because of its chemicals.
Other factors to consider
It’s also important to remember that sometimes leaves start to turn yellow simply because the plant is growing older – this is normal, and if it happens just once or twice then there probably isn’t anything to worry about.
But if your plant seems like it’s getting worse over time (the reason for yellow leaves might be different every time), you should take note of the changes. If multiple plants in your home are turning yellow at the same time, or you find areas on the leaves where they look brown instead of green, these could be signs that something more serious might be wrong with your plant(s).
If you’re concerned about any changes to your plants, now is a great time to do some research before reaching out to someone who knows about plants for help. The internet is a great resource for learning about the specific problems your plants might be having, and garden centers usually have experts on staff who can help you out as well. With a little detective work, you’ll be able to get to the bottom of the problem and solve it in no time.