Doctor, we have an emergency – one of your plants leaves the impression of being in need of the intensive care unit, but you simply can’t figure out what possibly might be the problem!
Withering, brown or yellowish leaves are often the visible signs that they are in need of help. If the flora and fauna of your home is about to extinct, the topics below can help you identify where you went wrong:
1. Evaluate Hydration
Stick a finger into the soil near the root. Excess of moisture or completely dry soil will show you the type of problem. Three to five centimeters deep you can assess whether your plant is about to drown or thirsty. For dry soils, just give more water. For a possible excess of water, check if the pot offers enough drainage.
In order to further evaluate if an excess of water really is the core of the problem, you need to assess if the root is rotting and smelling musty. Here the plan of action would be to transplant the patient to another pot providing a better drainage system and readjust the irrigation schedule.
2. Have A Close Look
If you are sure that water isn’t the problem, consider the possible invasion of unwanted parasites such as dust mites. You should check for holes in the leaves as a clear sign that animals are using your plant as food. Unusual fluids or white wax can be caused by parasites such as the mealybug. In an early stage, cleaning and pruning affected leaves can be enough. In more severe cases, an insecticide spray or neem oil is the perfect antidote.
3. They Lack Sunlight
Even if the species chosen claim to prefer half shadow, all plants need at least a few hours of sunlight per day. If your plant begins to wither, move the patient from a dark corner to a place with plenty of natural light. But be careful to observe possible reactions closely, as some more sensitive species might have their problems to adapt.
4. Temperature Drops
If you live in a region where sudden drops in temperature can occur, you should be aware that this can generate problems too. Not just that this means stress for your plant, it’s also necessary to adapt irrigation accordingly, as the plant loses less water due to evaporation.
5. Soil Is Everything!
Plants need nutrient-rich soil to thrive. With time, the soil loses its quality. If you notice that new leaves have start to grow light green, while the older leaves start turning yellow, this means a lack of nitrogen. Look for fertilizers that offer this nutrient and follow the fertilization parameters given for the species. With the right amount of nutrition, your plant will become as beautiful as before ASAP.