October 05, 2022

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Plants Are Yellowing

If your plants are turning yellow, don't worry! You're not alone. Many gardeners have had this same problem. The good news is that there are some simple explanations for why your plants might be turning yellow. In this blog post, we'll explore the top 5 reasons why your plants might be turning yellow and what you can do about it.



Reason #1: Overwatering

One of the most common reasons for plants to turn yellow is overwatering. When plants are overwatered, they begin to suffocate and their leaves turn yellow. If you think your plants might be overwatered, the best solution is to let the soil dry out completely before watering again. You can also try moving your plants to a well-ventilated area so that they can dry out more quickly.


proper drainage in pots requires holes in the bottom


Reason #2: Poor drainage


Poor drainage is another common reason for plants to turn yellow. When the roots of a plant are constantly soaked in water, they begin to rot and the plant turns yellow. To fix this problem, you can try adding a layer of gravel or sand to the bottom of your pots to improve drainage. You can also make sure to only water your plants when the soil is dry.

So how to get good drainage in your pots?

  1. All containers used for planting must have holes in the bottom to prevent water from sitting in the pot.
  2. Avoid using drainage materials at the base of the pot like rocks or gravel as this will actually hinder water movement and may cause root rot.
  3. Use high quality potting soil and compost soil in the pots or containers used. Add adequate sand/perlite for varying drainage needs.

Reason #3: Nutrient deficiencies

If your plants are turning yellow, it might be because they're lacking certain nutrients. The most common nutrient deficiency that causes yellowing leaves is nitrogen deficiency. This can be caused by over-fertilizing with phosphorus-rich fertilizers or by not fertilizing at all. The best way to fix this problem is to provide your plants with a balanced fertilizer that contains both nitrogen and phosphorus.

Reason #4: Pests or diseases

Pests and diseases are another common cause of yellowing leaves. One of the most common pests that affects plants is aphids. Aphids suck the sap out of plant leaves, which can cause the leaves to turn yellow or brown. To get rid of aphids, you can try spraying them with water or using an Insecticidal soap. If you suspect that your plant has a disease, it's best to consult with a professional who can properly diagnose and treat the problem. 

Reason #5: Too much sun

Believe it or not, too much sun can also cause plants to turn yellow. When leaves are exposed to too much sunlight, they begin to bleached and turns pale or white. If you think your plant is getting too much sun, try moving it to a shadier spot or protecting its leaves with a light-colored cloth.

There are many reasons why your plants might be turning yellow, but don't worry! There's sure to be a solution that will work for you. Just remember to always consult with a professional before taking any drastic measures. Thank you for reading!

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