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It can be disheartening to see yellow leaves on your plants. They can be a sign that something is not right with your plant. In this post we’ll discuss the common causes and how to fix them.


Overwatering is one of the most common causes of yellow leaves on indoor plants. When you over water your plant, the roots become waterlogged, and its roots can become starved of air. This leads to yellow leaves and, in severe cases, root rot. To fix the issue, allow the soil to dry out before watering again. Make sure the pot has proper drainage to prevent water from accumulating at the bottom.

 2. Underwatering

Underwatering is another common cause. When you underwater your plant, the leaves will start to wilt and turn yellow. To fix this issue, water your plant thoroughly and make sure the soil is moist. However, be careful not to overwater your plant, as this can lead to the same issue.

3. Lack of Sunlight

Plants need sunlight to produce energy through photosynthesis. If your plant is not getting enough sunlight, the leaves will start to turn yellow. To fix the issue, move your plant to a brighter location or invest in a grow light.

4. Nutrient deficiency

Plants need nutrients to grow and thrive. If your plant is not getting enough nutrients, the leaves will start to turn yellow. To fix the issue, fertilize your houseplants with a balanced fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the label, as over-fertilizing can also lead to the same issue.

5. Pest Infestation

Pests such as spider mites and aphids can cause yellow leaves on houseplants. These pests can feed on the plants sap, which can lead to yellow leaves and stunted growth. To fix the issue use neem oil to get rid of the pests.

6. Natural Part of a plants life cycle

Sometimes they are nothing to worry about, if it is only the oldest leaves and there are not many, then it may just be part of the plants natural life cycle. Simply remove the yellow leaves so the plant can put its energy into making new ones!

In Conclusion

Yellow leaves on houseplants can be caused by just about anything! From under watering to over fertilizing. A little detective work is in order to identify the issue and take the necessary steps to fix it.

Happy Gardening!

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