Why does a Chinese Evergreen Plant Gets Yellow Leaves?

Hi Judy! My Chinese Evergreen Plant is developing yellowish leaves. I water once every 7-10 days, and it is next to an east window that gets AM light, any ideas?


Hi Alli,

How to treat and prevent yellow leaves on a Chinese Evergreen plant


If the bottom leaves on a Chinese Evergreen Plant turn yellow, it is usually a sign of under-watering or over watering. Allow the top 25-30% of the soil to dry out before watering. When the soil of a Chinese Evergreen plant is too wet, the stems become mushy and die. When the soil gets too dry or too wet, yellow leaves develop. Chinese Evergreen plants need very little plant food. Feed every other month with a balanced plant food diluted to 1/4 the recommended strength. Always dilute your 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. to 1/4 the recommended strength or it will burn the tips of the leaves. Chinese Evergreen plants are probably the only indoor plant with large, colorful, variegated leaves that can live in low-light conditions. If placed in medium light, these plants grow more quickly.

You can read all my care tips in the Popular Houseplant section of the website.