Problem with my houseplants

@TerryZ (22083)
United States
July 26, 2007 2:18pm CST
Okay all you plant people out there Im having a problem with a couple of my plants. What does it mean when they start turning yellow? Since Ive been in this house they are turning yellow so I just snipped that part off. I have never had this type of problem with my plants and I have alot of them.LOL So I was hopeing you can help me.
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10 responses
• United States
28 Jul 07
Seems you got plenty of good responses to your question. I was going to suggest drying them out for a while. You can get one of those indicators that you put in the soil that lets you know when the plant needs water. I just look for them to wilt!
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Yes thats a great idea. And thats so funny because thats what Im doing with them. Thanks for the great idea my friend. Hey Hey its almost someones birthday!
@HighReed1 (1126)
• United States
28 Jul 07
My plant does that sometimes too. I pinch off the yellow leaf and check the soil and light. As long as it is only a leaf or two sometimes, I never worried about it. Be careful about showering or misting too much. You could end up with a fungus problem. An alternative to bottled water would be to catch rainwater outside. It is cheaper and it would be hard to get much cleaner than rainwater. Just use a 5 gallon clean plastic bucket set outside. You can dip the watering can in the bucket and not even have to really worry about moving it. Hope this helps some. :)
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
28 Jul 07
Yes its one or two leaves that turn yellow. Thanks the a great idea about the water I will try it.
• Philippines
27 Jul 07
oh my..in my country when they get yello it means they are closed to dying and dried up..i try to pick on the yellows and dried..i think you need to shower them with water all the time because thats what i do with my plants when they are yellows
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
27 Jul 07
But they are already wet. I hope they dont die I love my plants.
@kayrod2 (1304)
• Australia
27 Jul 07
Hope you get some help here. I am not good with plants, i have a bad habit of killing them, so dont have many. But, are they getting enough sun? or maybe too much. Best wishes to you, terry
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
27 Jul 07
I have many plants and I hope they dont die.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
26 Jul 07
Since I'm assuming you're watering them okay, and the leaves/plants are turning yellow but not drying out...mmmmm...in one of your other discussions, didn't have one about how lousy the well water tasted and how even your cats weren't drinking it....think if you're watering the plants with this water it might be affecting them?? Just an idea
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
27 Jul 07
hmmmmm thats a very good idea it could be. I will try bottled water for a week. thankyou
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
26 Jul 07
You need spray the Leaves with water as it sounds like they have not agreed with the Move also make sure they are in the right light because when the leaves turn yellow it means it is dying You did right by cutting them of but spray the leaves every Day as also the heat can be affecting them
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
26 Jul 07
Yea I think your right Gabs Ive been cutting them I will spray them tommorrow thanks.
• United States
26 Jul 07
There could be several things going on, if you moved your plants to a different house, or even to a different room. The following are a couple things to check... 1. Are they in an area where there is less, (or more) light than they had before? If there is less light, but you have no better place to put them, try one of those little light stick flourescent lights with a 'daylight' bulb. (the last one I bought was under $10.) Don't forget to turn it off at night- plants need rest too! If it's more light, provide some shade. 2. If you think the light is ok, how's the humidity? Perhaps the air is dryer than they are used to. A plant mister to spray the leaves may help, if that's what is doing it, or they may need more frequent watering. 3. A move is stressful to plants as well as people- perhaps your plant would be grateful for a bit of plant food at this point. I wish your plant a speedy recovery!
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
26 Jul 07
Oh thankyou your right I think they need some food.
• United States
26 Jul 07
My experience is that it could be too much water. I moved to a southern state from up north and found that with the a/c running all the time, the plants do need as much water. Did you just recently move? Some plants, like a ficus or gardinia are very fussy plants and DO NOT like change at all. If you are not moving your plants, try not to. Try to figure which window or area is best suited for each plant, put them there and try to leave them for a while to see if they improve. Some times when a plant has too much water you can't tell by the top soil because it is the soil at the bottom that is soaked. Hope this helps.
@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
26 Jul 07
Yes thanks it does.
@morenita (331)
• United States
22 Aug 07
Hey Terry, I hope your plants have improved by now, but just in case there are two things you should watch for that no one has mentioned yet. The yellowing that you mentioned is usually caused by two things; nutrient deficiency or root rot. If it is the first you can fix the problem and get your plants healthy again. The second is a losing battle and your plants will die. Usually plants turn yellow when they don't get enough nitrogen or iron. You mentioned you moved and have well water. Even though you are watering the plants regularly nitrogen or iron might be missing. Add nitrogen fertilizer to your plants, you can also do this cheaply yourself by adding coffee grounds to the soil and watering. If that doesnt work, try adding iron. The root rot problem can be a result of overwatering or poor drainage, but I suspect it was the water and absence of nitrogen. Hope you get your plants back on track!
@drsali (26)
• India
31 Jul 07
may be your plants are not getting proper sun light.improper sun light causes yellowing of plants.so place your plants where sunlight and air flow is sufficient.there are medicine available in the market for plants having such problems.for more details visit your local nursurry,they will give u proper name of the medicine.