Has that plant that looked so beautiful and full of life suddenly lost its former splendor to become weak or dull? You’re thinking, “why is my plant dying?” and you don’t know how to save it?

Why Is My Plant Dying-7 Possible Causes & Solutions

Do not worry, it is something that has happened to all plant lovers at some time. The important thing now is that you are looking for solutions to know how to save them. The good news is that you may well have time to do it. Any plant will do its best to survive, so you only have to find the cause of its condition to learn how to help it recover. And you know what? You are in the right place to find out!

1. Excess Watering

Watering Indoor Plants

This is the leading cause of death in all types of indoor plants. If your plant’s leaves turn yellow and the soil is damp, you’ve most likely overwatered it. Also, wet, poorly drained soil can result in root rot. This can be easily detected by examining the roots: if they are soft and dark brown, the plant has unfortunately been affected by the disease.

Solution: Once this happens, we must act quickly if we want the plant not to die, to do this, follow the following steps:

  1. Very delicately, clean all the soil from the roots and wash them under the tap, removing as much soil as possible.
  2. Use sharp, sanitized scissors to cut off any affected roots.
  3. Remove the rest of the soil and thoroughly clean the pot with bleach.
  4. Transplant the plant into a clean pot with a new, very well-draining substrate.
  5. Water your plant only when the soil is dry.
  6. Do not fertilize while the roots are growing and recovering as this could stress the plant.

2. Underwatering

Lack of water in plants causes dry, curved leaves, dry or brown tips, wilting, and leaf drop. Also, the soil will feel very dry. Luckily this problem is quite easy to solve; If you want to save your plant before it dies from the drought, all you have to do is give it the water it needs.

Solution: Submerge the pot in a container of water and let the soil hydrate for about 15 – 30 min. Then remove it from the container and be sure to drain the pot well so that all excess water drains out of the drainage holes. In the future, try to stick to a watering schedule so this doesn’t happen again.

3. Lack of light

sunlight for indoor plants

If you notice that your plant’s leaves are turning pale, drooping, or turning yellow, it may be due to a lack of sunlight. Many indoor plants can withstand lower lighting, but they will always need a minimum amount of light to be able to carry out the necessary processes for their nutrition.

Solution: Place your plant in a very bright room or near a window where it can receive at least 4 hours of light a day.

There are plants that are easy to care for and have low light requirements, which will better withstand lower light conditions. However, we must always make sure that our indoor plants receive enough lighting so that they can develop properly and not run into problems.

4. Too much light

It may seem reasonable to think that a plant never receives “too much light” (since they depend on it to stay healthy and carry out their vital processes), but the truth is that too much sunlight can be detrimental to the growth of a plant and cause physical damage if left unchecked.

Each species is different in the amount of sun it can tolerate. Signs that a plant could be getting too much sunlight are :

  • Burns
  • Withered leaves
  • Brown or black spots
  • Loss of color

Solution: Move your plant to a more sheltered area from the sun. If you have it outside the home, take it inside and place it in a place where it receives indirect sunlight.

5. Lack of nutrients

Micronutrient Deficiency Chart – Pinterest

Nutritional deficiency in indoor plants is very common and can be easily detected by looking at the leaves. They may have symptoms such as:

  • Yellowish or brown leaves (especially the lower ones)
  • Slow growth
  • Sparse foliage
  • Dwarf leaves
  • Leaves that turn purple or reddish

Solution: To solve the lack of nutrients, use a fertilizer indicated for the specific type of plant, following the instructions on the label. Remember that it is very important not to go overboard with the dose as we will see in the next point.

6. Excess fertilizer

soil mix for indoor plants

Fertilizer overdose can be devastating to plants. This problem can be reflected in signs such as:

  • Leaf fall
  • Yellow, pale, or wilted leaves
  • Leaves with dry tips
  • Stem or root lesions
  • Slow or no growth

Solution: If you think you may have over-fertilized your plant, water it abundantly to clean the roots of as much excess fertilizer as possible. Allow the soil to drain excess water well through the holes in the pot. Remove all the leaves that are dry or burned and avoid re-fertilizing for a long time.

Most houseplants only need to be fertilized in their active growth stage, once or twice a month. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for administering the fertilizer, but if you want, you can cut the recommended dose in half to make sure you are safe.

7. Pests

Pests are very annoying and can affect both indoor and outdoor plants. The best way to detect them is by checking our plants frequently so that we can locate the problem in time so that we can quickly tackle it. They can often produce signs such as the weakening of the plant, damaged or spotted leaves. Some of the pests that most affect indoor plants are:

  • Red spider
  • Cottony mealybug
  • Aphids
  • Whitefly

Solution: First of all, separate your affected plant from other plants, as these pests are easily spread and reproduce. Depending on the pest, a different treatment may be applied. In the mildest cases, it will be enough to wash or spray the plant with water and neutral soap, and in other cases, it will be necessary to apply a specific insecticide. As prevention guidelines, it is advisable to check the plants regularly, keep the leaves clean and follow a watering schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does my plant have fallen leaves?

    Fallen, wrinkled leaves are often a sign of insufficient watering. Most plants will need at least one weekly watering for healthy growth (except cacti and succulents whose waterings can be more spaced). If you notice that your plant has become weak and wilted, it probably needs a good drink of water to recover.

  • Why is my plant not growing?

    First of all, we must bear in mind that if a plant is not in its active growth stage, for example during winter, it is normal that it hardly grows or does so very slowly. However, if we observe that nothing seems to grow during spring or summer either, it could be due to one of the following causes:
    1. Use of an unsuitable potting soil
    2. Lack of space to continue growing
    3. Over or under watering
    4. Overexposure to sunlight
    5. Stress caused by temperature
    6. Lack of fertilizer
    7. Fertilizer excess

    Review each of these factors and try to correct any problems in the cultivation or care routine of your plant and it will surely show healthy growth in a very short time.

  • Why is my plant leaves turning yellow?

    The most common reason why plant leaves turn yellow is due to excessive or insufficient watering. Other factors such as poor drainage or damaged roots can also contribute.

    Other common causes why this happens are lack of light, very low temperatures, nutritional deficiencies or excessive fertilization.

  • Why does my plant leaves turn black?

    Bacterial or fungal infections and temperature variations are the main causes of black leaves on indoor plants. In addition, it can also be due to other reasons such as inadequate lighting, poor watering or even that the plant is affected by some plague. You must identify the problem as soon as possible and act quickly to prevent the plant from dying.

  • Why are my plant’s leaves falling off?

    Again, it is usually a reason to water too much or too little. Most plant problems are caused by improper watering. Other reasons for plant leaves to fall are low humidity, lack of nutrients, pests or diseases.

    In short, if your plant dies you must thoroughly analyze all the factors described in this post to know how to save it, but remember that the best way to avoid problems or diseases in indoor plants will always be with prevention.

    Try to maintain an adequate irrigation routine, avoiding watering too little or excessively and promoting good drainage of the soil. Provide them with the light they need and fertilize (if necessary) with the right dose of product

    In short, if your plant dies you must thoroughly analyze all the factors described in this post to know how to save it, but remember that the best way to avoid problems or diseases in indoor plants will always be with prevention.

  • Why are the tips of my plant dry?

    It is usually due to the lack or excess of watering, very dry environments, high temperatures or an excess of fertilizer.

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