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Plant Health

Even the best plant parents have issues with some of their plant babies. If your plant isn't looking its best, carefully inspect the leaves and use our checklist below to try to identify the likely cause of the problem. We have simple care recommendations for each of the problems below. Also if you need additional assistance, please contact us and one of our plant specialist will be in touch.

What's wrong with my plant?

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Problem Possible Cause Solution
Brown Leaf Tips
  1. over or underwatering
  2. dry air (if the plant prefers high humidity)
  3. high temperatures/too much sun
  4. overfeeding
  1. check if the soil is too dry or saturated
  2. set on a tray of wet pebbles or mist the plant
  3. move to a cooler area and increase watering
  4. use less fertilizer

 

Problem Possible Cause Solution
Holes in Leaves
  1. pest damage
  2. physical damage due to people or pest brushing past
  1. check leaves for insect pest
  2. move to a more protected area

 

Problem Possible Cause Solution
Yellow or Reddish Leaves
  1. underfeeding
  2. over or underwatering
  3. cold drafts
  4. natural shedding of leaves
  1. use more plant fertilizer
  2. check if the soil is too dry or saturated
  3. move to a warmer area
  4. do nothing; the leaves of all plants turn yellow and fall off from time to time

 

Problem Possible Cause Solution
Curled Leaves
  1. high temperatures
  2. pest damage
  1. move to a cooler area and increase watering
  2. check leaves for pests

 

Problem Possible Cause Solution
Spots on Leaves
  1. dark brown spots = overwatering
  2. dry patches = underwatering
  3. pale spots = misting with hard water
  4. disease of pest damage
  1. check the soil is not saturated
  2. water more frequently to keep the soil moist
  3. use unsoftened water to mist the plant
  4. check leaves for disease and pests

 

Problem Possible Cause Solution
Sudden Leaf Fall
  1. environmental change due to repotting or new position
  2. pest damage
  1. wait a few days, the plant should recover
  2. inspect roots for insect pest

 

Problem Possible Cause Solution
Flower Buds Fall
  1. dry air (if the plant prefers high humidity)
  2. under or overwatering
  3. wrong temperature
  4. pest damage
  1. set on try of wet pebbles or mist the plant
  2. check if the soil is too dry or saturated
  3. move to warmer or cooler environment
  4. check buds, stems, and leaves for insect pests.

 

Problem Possible Cause Solution
Wilted Leaves and Stems
  1. over or underwatering
  2. root-bound
  3. high temperatures/too much sun
  4. pest damage
  1. check the soil is too dry or saturated
  2. repot the plant into a pot one or two sizes larger so the roots can absorb water more easily
  3. move to a cooler area and increase watering
  4. check the leaves and roots for insect pests

 

Problem Possible Cause Solution
No Flowers
  1. too little light
  2. over or underfeeding
  3. dry air or soil
  4. pot too big
  1. move into an area with more sun
  2. use less fertilizer
  3. mist the plant if it likes high humidity and check if the soil it too dry
  4. repot into a smaller pot; some plants only flower when roots are restricted