Your loved green house mates are telling you that they are dissatisfied with the overall situation by giving you signs like yellow leaves and dry branches?
Then surely, it’s about time to show them you care about their well-being and take action before it’s too late!
When the leaves begin to turn yellow, it is a sign that your plants are not well. That’s a no brainer of course.
But before you kiss them goodbye too fast, you have to do everything you can to save them – here we tell you how to do so:
Even if you are following the advice given online or by an expert you were consulting, the amount of water that’s perfect for a certain species is not a one-size-fits-all rule. They heavily depend on the humidity of the air, the amount of sunlight and the ambient temperature. So, if you have noticed that your plant is not at its best, check the soil to see if it is too dry or too wet before watering. That’s how you might come up with a more suitable irrigation regime.
Even if your green buddy is said to be a fan of the half shade, sometimes it might be missing a bit more sun anyways. Artificial light cannot be compared to natural light, so check if there’s at least 3-4 hours sunlight a day. Just be careful: if the leaves are turning brown then this can also be a sign of too much sun, so ask yourself if anything has changed in the amount of direct sunlight that your plant is receiving lately?
3. Trim the dry parts
Totally dry leaves and branches won’t come back to life. Therefore, it is important to get rid of them in order for your plant having enough energy to revive and grow new branches and leaves instead.
4. Change the soil
When was the last time you gave some fertilizer or changed the soil for a fresh and new one full of nutrition? Some species need a bit of fertilizer from time to time, while others can survive well for long periods without it. The soil is the main source for getting the right nutrition. If they are missing, you need to change the mix in which the roots grow. If you can feel that water accumulates too much and stays still for too long, it’s better to choose another mix of soil that drains better. Otherwise there is the danger to “suffocate” your plant with the risk of the roots starting to rot.
5. Adjust temperature and humidity
Just like you, your plants also can feel if it’s hot or cold. In summer they tend to need more water to compensate evaporation (especially species with big leaves). Best if you can maintain a standard temperature that doesn’t vary too much between the seasons. And if it’s getting too hot, treat your plants with a cold shower by spraying a bit water on their leaves. Be careful: this shouldn’t be done directly before they receive their daily dose of direct sunlight as the water drops act like tiny magnifying glasses and can burn the leaves.
6. Keeping an eye on the roots
When we’re not looking to good on the outside, any good doctor will check if there’s an internal problem causing it. The same applies to your plants. Check if the roots are in good condition, far from rotting or drying out. And as they adapt to the shape of the pot, changing the pot every one to two years is giving them a chance to grow further.
7. Give love
It may sound silly, but plants can feel if they’re being loved and if they receive attention or not (there are even studies showing that plants that have been “treated” with loving thoughts have been thriving, while others that received hateful thoughts were dying). No, you don’t have to turn into the creepy dude talking with your plants for hours every day, but offering the right conditions for them being happy is already a way of showing affection.