It may seem like everything you do to keep your plants healthy fails – but there’s no need to fret and you shouldn’t give up! Sure, leaves may fall off for no reason or the tips of leaves may turn brown but these and other common problems can be solved pretty easily. Here’s how:
5 Common Problems in House Plants
Low Humidity: When the tips and edges of the leaves on your plant are looking brown, it may be because the humidity in your home is too low. You can turn up the humidity by using a humidity tray, which can be made by filling any type of tray with stones or pebbles and then covering them with water. Set your plant directly on the rocks. You may even want to place a humidifier in the room with the plant. You should also turn down the temperature in your home.
Lack of Nutrients: If your plant is looking a bit puny, your plant is more than likely hungry! Potted plants need to be fertilized on a regular basis – once a month or so – in order to draw in nutrients.
Root-Bound or Pot-Bound: Houseplants eventually outgrow their pots. You might see roots growing out of the top or the bottom of the pot. Water will also go right through the pot. To fix this, just transplant the plant into the next larger-sized pot.
Root Rot: Too much or too little water kills more plants than any other factor. If your houseplant begins to wilt and has really moist soil, check the roots. If the roots are black and mushy rather than nice and firm, your plant has root rot. If this is the case, replace your plant and practice improved watering habits. You may also discover mold or mildew, which should be treated with a fungicide, such as Pure 3-Way, a product that uses natural ingredients, including lemongrass oil, keeping your plants and loved ones safe.
Salt Buildup: If the edges of your houseplants are turning brown and your plant appears puny, look for chalk-like deposits around the rim of the pot. This is salt buildup, which can cause damage to your plants. Clean off the salt deposits, and then try to fertilize less often and use de-ionized water. A simple solution is to use either plastic or ceramic pots instead of clay pots.