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Why do houseplants get yellow leaves and how to prevent this

It's a disappointing sight: your carefully nurtured houseplant, which once had lush green leaves, now shows yellow leaves. This common problem can be frustrating for any plant lover. But do not worry! In this blog post we will discuss some of the most common reasons why houseplants can develop yellow leaves and most importantly, how you can prevent this.

  1. Overwatering:

One of the most common causes of yellow leaves in houseplants is overwatering. Plants need water to survive, but too much water can suffocate the roots and put the plant in trouble. When the roots are affected, they cannot absorb enough nutrients, causing the leaves to turn yellow. To avoid this, it is essential to understand the water needs of each plant and regularly check soil moisture before watering.

  1. Underwatering:

The opposite of overwatering is underwatering, and this can also lead to yellow leaves on houseplants. When a plant does not get enough water, the soil dries out, resulting in a lack of nutrients for the plant. This lack of moisture and nutrients can cause the leaves to turn yellow and eventually wilt. It is important to maintain a consistent watering schedule, taking into account the needs of each plant.

  1. Insufficient light:

Light is an essential factor for the success of houseplants. If a plant does not receive enough light, photosynthesis cannot take place optimally, meaning that the plant does not have enough energy to maintain healthy green leaves. In response, the leaves may turn yellow. Place your houseplants in a location where they receive plenty of natural light, or consider artificial lighting, especially in areas with limited sunlight.

  1. Nutrient deficiency:

Just like people, plants also need nutrients to stay healthy. A deficiency of essential nutrients, such as nitrogen, iron, magnesium or potassium, can lead to yellow leaves and other deficiencies in plant growth. Fertilizing regularly with a balanced fertilizer is critical to replenishing the right nutrients and maintaining the health of your houseplants. View our organic plant nutrition here!

  1. Diseases and plagues:

Yellow leaves can also be a sign of diseases or pests. Fungal infections, viruses and insect pests can all damage the leaves of houseplants, causing them to turn yellow. It is essential to regularly inspect your plants for signs of problems and, if necessary, take appropriate action to prevent the spread of pests and diseases. View our natural pesticides here!


The appearance of yellow leaves on houseplants is often a sign that something is wrong with the care of the plant. It can be due to overwatering, underwatering, lack of light, nutrient deficiencies or even pests and diseases. It is important to understand the needs of each plant and pay attention to any changes in their leaf color and overall health. By being proactive and providing the right care, you can prevent your houseplants from turning yellow leaves and ensure they thrive in a lush, green state.

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