Why Are My Indoor Plants Turning Yellow?

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Caring for your plants and seeing them blooming can be a pleasant achievement. However, your joy can be cut short when the plants start yellowing. Yellowing leaves can result from several factors, but all sum up to signs of distress.

Fortunately, the yellow leaves communicate to you that your plants need help! You need to take the necessary actions to remedy your plants from the distress they are going through and stop the reoccurrence of yellow leaves. Read on to learn the causes, signs, and solutions for yellowing leaves on your plants.

Yellowing Leaves: 5 Things To Look For

Like human beings, plants can express themselves when distressed by yellowing, curling, or drooping/crisping leaves. Here are some of the causes of plants’ misery;

Nutrient Deficiency

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When your plant shows signs of distress in the form of yellowing leaves, it could be nutrient deficiency and not disease. For instance, nitrogen, iron, and magnesium are two of the most common nutrient deficiencies that cause yellowing leaves. 

Yellowing or curling leaves, poor growth, and poor fruit yield are all signs that your plant could be lacking nitrogen. Try using a high-nitrogen fertilizer to cure the problem.

Watering Problems

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Yellow leaves can signify that you’re over or under watering your plant. However, if the yellowing leaves feel crispy or dry, and the soil feels dry, you may be underwatering. Water your plants deeply when the top inch or two of soil is dry to fix this problem. Check the moisture by putting your finger up to your first knuckle or using a moisture meter.

If the yellowing starts at the top of the plant, check if the soil is damp and moist before watering it again. If you have recently watered your plant, this may signify overwatering and root rot. Allow your plant to dry out a few days to prevent this.

Poor Lighting Conditions

Plants will drop their leaves if they’re getting too much or too little light. If you have a plant losing its foliage, look at its location. Is it under a shady tree? In a dimly lit corner of the room? You might need to move the plant closer to a window or add artificial plant light. Or else they will begin wilting as they lack the light required to produce food through photosynthesis.

Conversely, if your plant is near a south-facing window, it might be getting too much sunlight. The harsh rays could burn the leaves of your plants and cause them to turn brown or yellow. Try moving the plant to a spot that receives indirect light.

Improper Soil pH

The acidity or alkalinity of soil also plays an essential role in the health and life of plants. The ideal pH value is neither very acidic nor fundamental soil. When the leaves start changing color to yellow and falling off, there could be something wrong with the soil’s pH balance. 

Solve this problem by moving your plants into new soil with an ideal pH. This can involve adding lime (calcium carbonate) or sulfur to increase or decrease pH levels.

Viral Infection

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In the event of a viral disease, the symptoms will include mottled, yellowing leaves that may also develop brown spots. The leaves will curl and may stunt the plant’s growth. Viral infections are spread easily through insects and gardening tools. Therefore, it’s essential to disinfect any tools you use on an infected plant before using them on a healthy specimen.

A virus will show itself in different ways based on the type of virus affecting the plant. It may appear as ring spots, leaf distortion, or yellow mottling and sometimes in patches or patches within rings. Unfortunately, there is no cure for a viral infection in houseplants, and the infection can quickly spread to other plants. Remove the diseased plant to avoid spreading the disease to other plants.


Are your plants’ yellowing? Although not all yellow leaves mean the same thing, they are all signs of something wrong. Yellowing can be an early sign of nutritional deficiency, watering problems, poor lighting, improper Soil pH, or a viral infection. Regardless of the reason, diagnose your plant early enough and take corrective measures. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips.

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