Signs of Poor Plant Health

Keeping your plants healthy is an investment that’s worth it. So how do you know if your plants are healthy? And what should you do if you notice they’re unhealthy?

Common Signs of Poor Plant Health


What causes wilting? Wilting occurs when a plant’s roots can’t transport enough water to its leaves and stems, or when the plant is getting too much water. Temporary wilting is not usually cause for concern—it often occurs on warmer days when the heat evaporates the water before the plant can absorb it.

Color change

Again, the culprit can be the amount of water; if your plants are yellow, they likely have too much water or too little. Another consideration is that your plant isn’t draining well and begins to suffocate.  

Light, temperature, and nutrient deficiencies are also important considerations. Nutrients like nitrogen, potassium, sulfur, iron, magnesium and more are important to plant health and can cause yellowing if the plant is deficient in them.

Dropping leaves

If your plants are dropping leaves, this can be due to several causes. Improper watering (too much or too little), lack of nutrients or even insect invaders can cause leaves to drop off your plants.

Brittle leaves

Brittle leaves can be a sign of overexposure to the elements, like sun, or a sign that the plant needs a drink.

Slow growth

If your plant is growing slowly, there are many things that could be wrong. It could be in the incorrect type of soil, in the sun too much or too little, watered too much or too little, or even experiencing a pest problem.


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