Why Are My Plants Turning Yellow? [INFO-GRAPHIC]

Posted on Jun 17 2015 - 7:51am by UOG

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How to Read Your Plant’s Yellow LeavesEven the most talented and educated gardeners will have to deal with yellowing leaves at some point or another. And that statement rings truer for those who maintain urban gardens and indoor plants since potted plants have a hard time getting the necessary nutrients they need for sustenance.That’s why Safer Brand put together this infographic that makes it easier than ever to see some reasons your plants might be yellowing, and more importantly, what you can do to make them wholly green again.
If some of the leaves on the plants in your urban garden are turning yellow, ask yourself the following questions:
Am I watering my plants too often?First things first: Make sure you’re not overwatering your plants. If you notice that your plants’ leaves look yellow and wilted – and the soil it’s resting in looks fairly damp though you’ve not watered it recently – you might have a problem with soil drainage. If that’s the case, it’s probably time for you to re-pot your plants.Am I not watering my plants enough? If your plants’ leaves look brittle and are yellowing, you might have problems relating to dehydration. You should make sure that your plants get at least one inch of water each week. It might be worth setting calendar reminders to let you know when it’s time to quench your plants’ thirst.

Are my plants exposed to enough sunlight? Drooping leaves that are losing their color can also serve as a signal for plants that aren’t getting enough sunlight. If you suspect your plants may be yellowing from a lack of exposure to the sun, at least it’s a really easy fix – just reposition your plants in such a way that ensures they get more sunlight.

Are my plants getting the nutrients they need to be healthy? Plants require 13 essential nutrients to remain healthy. If you’ve noticed that the tips of a plant’s leaves and their center veins are becoming yellow, for example, it might indicate that it has a nitrogen deficiency. There’s a simple fix: Add organic compost to the soil – coffee grounds will due, but you could always use manure if you like – and you should be good to go.
So if the leaves of your plants are yellowing, just remember that not all hope is lost. Find the fix for what’s ailing your plants with this graphic, and they’ll be green once again before you know it.