6 Reasons Why Plant Leaves Turn Yellow Or Brown

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Here is some helpful information about why leaves are turning yellow or brown. This can be happening for a few reasons.

1. Acclimation

Plants are living things, and all go through an acclimation period after being removed from the greenhouse, repotted, and delivered to its final destination. Some plants can be dramatic while adapting to the new home and environment. Death of lower leaves, droopiness, yellowing, browning of leaves can be expected.

More than likely, your new houseplant will bounce back in a few weeks and will start to look healthier once adjusted.

2. Watering issue

yellowing or browning of leaves is over or under-watering

The most common reason for yellowing or browning of leaves is over or under-watering. It is vital to provide enough time for the soil to dry between waterings. If you have not watered your plant for a long time and soil feels too dry, give your plant a good drink.

Make sure to test the soil at least once every two weeks to void under or overwatering.

Watch our short video here about how to water plants potted in Lechuza planters to understand the watering process better.

3. Natural process

Some older leaves might turn yellow and shed. Usually, it happens to the lower leaves.

4. Nutrient deficiency

If you have your plant for more than one year and have not used any plant food, your plant might be struggling with a lack of nutrients. We offer amazing plant food full of nutrients and very gentle on the plant’s roots.

5. Lack of light or air circulation


If your space has a very low light situation or plant you have selected is not the right type for the low light environment, this can be the reason why the plant looks sad.

Air circulation is another very important element for the plant’s well-being.

If the plant is pushed against the wall, squeezed in the corner or between furniture, if the indoor fan (AC/Heat) is off and all windows and doors are shut, the plant will suffocate. It is best to move the plant to a more spacious spot, rotate it regularly, and keep a fan running.

6. Exposure to wrong temperatures

If your plant is placed too close to any heat source, AC, or cold drafts, the exposure to extreme temperatures will affect the plant. Optimal temperature varies somewhat among different houseplants. However, the most preferred range is between 69F and 80F.

Keep your plants clean by removing all affected leaves and keep the soil free of any debris.

We hope with the information above you can create a better environment for your green friends and understand them better!


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