Plant Turning yellow and Dying

I am not sure what kind of plant this is but I have had it for about 4 years and now it’s starting to die. Last year I repotted it and I’m not sure if its maybe getting too much water in the new pot or not so I stopped watering it for about 2 weeks but it was still dying. Can you help?

Hi Crystal,

Your plant is a green Prayer Plant (Maranta). Is the soil wet or dry? Does the new pot have drip holes in the bottom? What size is the pot? How often do you feed the plant? Do you use water that has passed through a softener? When was the last time you changed the soil?

Houseplants often turn yellow from a nutrient deficiency or excess salt in the soil from too much fertilizerPlants need fertilizer only when they are actively growing. Slow growing plants in low light require very little plant food. Too much fertilizer is worse than not enough. Most plants prefer a water soluble plant food at 1/2 the recommended strength. Plants that are in bloom or dormant should not be fertilized. Houseplant food contains nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K). A fertilizer containing these elements in equal proportion is considered a balanced plant food. Nitrogen helps in photosynthesis and encourages the growth of leaves and stems. Potassium and phosphorus also help in photosynthesis and aid in root and flower development. Most fertilizers have trace elements of other minerals that are lacking in the soil but are necessary for good plant growth. Fertilizers have a high salt content. If a plant is not producing new leaves and doesn’t absorb the fertilizer, salts build up in the soil. These salts can burn the roots, discolor the leaves, and cause new growth to be small.   or water that has passed through a softener. They also turn yellow from transplant shock (moving to a larger pot). Chlorosis, which is a lack of iron in the soil can also cause yellow leaves. I will be back in touch as soon as you answer my questions.