Why HousePlants Get Yellow Leaves?

Many articles about house plant care say that leaves on plants turn yellow because of insufficient light or over watering. The truth of the matter is, yellow leaves mean different things on different plants. If a ficus tree or a schefflera doesn’t get enough water, it develops bright yellow leaves. If a peace lily or pothos gets very dry and droops, the next time you water, a few leaves on the plant turn bright yellow. Some palm fronds turn yellow from too much water, some from too much light, some from too little light, some from too little water. Other causes of yellow plant leaves include too much plant food, lack of proper minerals in the soil, too much light, and the list goes on and on. The point is, it’s important to check the care instructions for your specific plant to find the right answer. What works for one house plant doesn’t work for others.

Learn how to identify and care for over 100 of the most popular houseplants in the Popular HousePlant section of our website: HousePlant411.com. If you still have questions about your plant go to Ask Judy and send me a picture and description of what seems to be the problem.