Aralia Plant Losing Leaves

I have had my balfore aralia for a few years and it has grown beautifully. Suddenly a few months ago, the new leaves at the top sprouted then died and fell off. Then one of the mature leaves fell off. I over watered it… So I removed it from it’s pot and checked the roots for rot. Saw none; rinsed roots off and replanted in an appropriate soil. It has been one week and now all leaves are starting to turn yellow and many have dropped. Is it in shock? How can I save it?

Hi Jacklyn,

I do think your aralia is in shock, which happens very easily to these plants. Put the plant in bright indirect lightVery few houseplants should be placed in direct sun. High light refers only to bright indirect light since direct sun often burns the leaves of indoor houseplants. An area that is too hot and dry encourages Spider Mites and causes blooms to quickly fade. A northern exposure really doesn't provide enough light for high light plants. These plants need to be placed directly in front of an east-facing window, within 1-3 feet of a west-facing window, and within 5 ft. of a south facing window. A high light area has over 300 ft. candles of light. if possible. Keep the soil fairly dry. When you do water (soil has dried out) add 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.     to the water. You can read all about this product in the Glossary of the website. It does wonders for plants that are not doing well. It works best when the soil is dry. If the plant gets bare stems you may have to cut it back a bit.