The process of caring for a plant, even though it may be rewarding but it can also be challenging. All plants in the house indeed require certain items to stay alive and healthy and every plant is unique from the other.
The temperature, light, and water soil, drainage fertilizer, and many more are all crucial factors that are a part of the overall health of plants. When any one of these variables isn’t in place, you could have a sick plant. What are the indicators you can tell that the plant in question is not healthy?
Signals that Your Plant is unhealthy
One of the most common problems your plant might be suffering from is the fading of the leaves. there are a variety of factors that might be the cause.
Low Moisture Levels
It is a common problem that likely is due to moisture. The first thing to note is that submerging your plant may cause yellowed leaves.
If you suspect this could be the case, test the soil to determine the degree of dryness. If the soil is dry, you are likely underwatering your plant. Be sure to give the plant enough water, and give it plenty of water until it drains out of the drainage holes at the bottom.
Overwatering could also be the reason for leaf color change. If you want to determine whether your plant has been overwatered, lift the pot and see its weight of it.
Also, examine the soil to determine how moist it is. Does the pot seem heavy and filled with soil that is sticky and wet? If so, you’re likely to be more than watering your plant. House plants typically only require watering every once a week.
Absence of Sunlight
Another reason for the leaves turning yellow on plants is the lack of sunlight. A majority of plants in the house require around 14 hours of sun each day. Direct light is generally the best however indirect light can work too.
If your plant isn’t receiving enough sunlight it is unable to properly carry out photosynthesis, leading to the leaves turning yellow. If your plant isn’t getting enough sunlight indoors You may need to replace the light source with an indoor plant grow light.
There are a variety of reasons for yellowing leaves, but they are not as prevalent as the reasons discussed earlier. Other possible causes the cause could be your plant’s being too cold, infected, and a variety of nutrient deficiencies.
Another indicator the plant may be in trouble is when it starts to wilt which is evident by drooping stems and leaves. Similar to yellowing leaves, the primary reason for the wilting is the level of moisture.
The most typical reason for the plant wilting is that it’s not receiving enough water. Keep in mind that all domestic plants require to be watered approximately once per week.
If you’ve given your plant more than this, and the pot appears very heavy and the soil appears to be too muddy, then it is likely that the plant has been overwatered.
The best way to stop this from happening is to limit watering the plant only when the top two inches of soil are dry and to feed to your plants with soil with adequate drainage.
Overwatering is the most common cause of leaves turning brown, but it could be caused by water. When you observe that your dirt is very dry, nearly dusty, and the container in which your plant seems very heavy, the odds are your plant isn’t getting enough water. Just increase the amount of water that you offer to the plant.
Another indicator to tell if your plants are not healthy is when the leaves are brown and especially the leaf tips. What causes this?
The most frequent cause for the leaves’ tips turning yellow is root decay. Root rot is a sign that the soil is wet and sloppy to the point that it causes roots to sink and begin to rot. It is a type of illness that affects roots, typically it is a fungus that thrives in humid conditions.
If your plant is suffering from roots rot, the plant might appear to be dying, and could also have extremely slow growth. In many instances after root rot is established in the plant, there isn’t much to do.
But, you might be able to save the plant if you place the plant in an open, bright area, in an open, dry area with air circulation. It is essential to do everything you can to dry it out and remove the most excess moisture feasible. It is possible to use an air dehumidifier like the one shown here to dry out the plant.
The second sign to tell if your plants are in poor health is if it’s burned and scorched leaves. There’s a primary reason for this and let’s take a look.
Too Much Sunlight
It all depends on the specific plant however, most of the time scorched leaves that appear like they’ve been burned typically result from exposure to excessive direct sunlight. Certain plants can tolerate excessive amounts of direct light, but others do not.
If you have a plant that does not thrive in direct sunlight and it’s sitting in a bright window most likely the plant is getting too much light and resulting in burned leaves.
It could be due to being exposed to excessive ultraviolet light. It could be because the excess radiation and heat are drying out your plant and dehydrating it. To fix this problem it is recommended to take your plant away from direct sunlight and supply it with additional water.
Leaves Fall Off
A common indication for a plant to be in poor health is when the leaves fall off. It could be due to various reasons.
Plants can be affected by changes in conditions, especially temperature and humidity. The leaves of plants can fall off because of stress caused by changes in the surrounding. They usually need some time to adjust, but when the changes are too severe the plant might not make it through.
The Small Pot
Another reason that leaves drop is when the plant is kept in a pot that’s too small. This means that there’s not enough space for the roots system to grow which means that the plant won’t be able to hold many leaves. If you require a larger pot, you can check the one below out.
Leaf drop can be caused by water overflow. When your plants are becoming wilted and dropping leaves see how dry the soil gets.
The following are the 5 most frequently observed indicators the plant you have is not healthy and what you could do to remedy the problem. You might have to try some trial and error since plants are notoriously sensitive, and the indicators of being unhealthy could typically result from a variety of different factors.
It’s all about discovering the root of the issue is and then addressing the issue before your plant goes to die.