Aralia House Plant Losing Leaves

Our Aralia plant has started loosing leaves. After reading online, we have realized that we are over watering. I want to repot the plant. If the plant has root rot, should I cut off the rot or just replant in appropriate soil? We also realized that the pot is sitting next to a heat vent so will be moving it. the plant has new growth on top but the bottom is losing its leaves. Please help! Thank you SO much!

Hi Sally,

I am not quite sure why you are re-potting your Aralia plant.  I don’t usually recommend re-potting a houseplant in distress. That said, your new pot should have drip holes in the bottom, and be the same size or even smaller than your existing pot. A smaller pot will help prevent future over-watering because the soil will dry out faster. Cut off any of the roots that appear soft and mushy or totally dried out. There is a product called superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.     that you can read about in the Glossary of the website www.houseplant411.com/glossary/ superthriveSuperthrive combines vitamins and hormones to encourage plant growth both above and below the soil line. It's not a plant food so it needs to be used in addition to your regular plant food; the two can be used at the same time. Just put a few drops into your watering can & that's all that's needed to improve the health & appearance of your plants. If your plants are in real trouble, add about 10 drops per 2 gallons of water. SuperThrive works best when the soil is dry.    -plant-care-product. It does wonders for plants in distress and re-potted plants. You can read more about how to care for Aralia Plants at: www.houseplant411.com/houseplant/aralia-plant

Here is what a healthy Aralia Plant should look like.

Green, lacey leafed Aralia Plant

Aralia Plant