Whether you forget to water them or struggle to remember that they exist, keeping houseplants alive can prove to be a bit difficult for some. There are many problems that can make it complicated to keep your houseplant alive, but it may be difficult to figure out what the cause of problem is. To keep your houseplant healthy, it’s important to determine what exactly is the problem and how to solve it.
The following are common houseplant issues many are faced with, as well as their causes and how to handle them properly.
Initially, you may assume your plant is in need of water, but wilting can also be a sign of overwatering. Excessive moisture for prolonged periods can cause some roots to die from a lack of oxygen, and will ultimately cause the roots to rot. The rot can spread to other roots, and soon cause your entire plant to turn yellow and wilt.
To fix this problem, make sure your plant fully dries out in between watering sessions. If you feel moisture on or close to the surface of the potting soil, or if the pot feels heavy when you lift it, be sure to give your plant more time to dry before watering it again. Repotting the plant can also help by removing as many dead roots as possible. Try washing the pot thoroughly with hot water and soap to remove the remaining fungus or bacteria.
5. Weak, Spindly Growth
Poor light exposure can cause a plant’s new growth to become long and leggy. Sufficient light is essential for photosynthesis to take place, which is the process by which plants convert light into sugars for growth. When a plant is an area that is very dark, it will begin to stretch to try and find the light.
To fix this problem, make sure the plant is near a window with excellent sun exposure throughout the day. Try finding east or west-facing windows, as north-facing windows don’t get enough sun at times and south-facing windows can get too much hot sun. There is also the option of purchasing a grow light to help the plant.