Houseplants don’t always thrive and look healthy as we would like for them too. There are several common houseplant problems that could be causing your houseplants to look less than stellar. I will cover the top 10 common houseplant problems and give you the remedy for each one.
The number one houseplant problem is over watering. If your houseplant has wilted leaves or black patches on the leaves, sour smelling potting soil and/or fungus growing on the top of the potting soil, you are over watering. Remedy this common houseplant problem by refraining from watering until the soil dries out.
That brings us to under watering a houseplant. If your houseplant has wilted, dry leaves and entire flower pot feels light, you’re under watering. Remedy this by watering the houseplant more often.
Becoming pot bound is another common houseplant problem. If your houseplant’s growth has slowed down or if it’s stopped flowering, check the bottom of the pot. If you see the houseplant’s roots growing through the drainage hole, it’s pot bound. Remedy this houseplant problem by re-planting it into a bigger pot.
If your houseplant is not flowering, but looks healthy otherwise, your houseplant is in the dark too much and is hungry. To remedy this, move the houseplant to a sunnier location and give it a good feeding with water soluble plant food.
If you move the houseplant to a location that receives too much direct sunlight, sun scald will occur. The houseplant’s leaves will blister, leaving brown, dry patches behind and the overall look of the foliage will be pale. To remedy the damage done to a houseplant by sun scald, remove the damaged leaves and move to a less sunny location.
Mold often attacks houseplants, producing soft moldy patches on the leaves and stem of the houseplant. The leaves will also turn black and fall off. The houseplant is receiving too much water and not enough air circulation. To remedy the houseplant problem, remove the damaged leaves, reduce watering and put your houseplant in a location where it will receive more air circulation.
Powdery mildew settles on houseplants and shows up as white or gray patches on the houseplants foliage when a houseplant is not receiving enough air circulation. To remedy this houseplant problem, remove the foliage that has powdery mildew and put the houseplant in a location that receives better air circulation.
If you have a houseplant that had set buds, then the flower buds suddenly fell off, you most likely moved the houseplant during the budding stage or the location the houseplant is in is prone to sudden temperature changes. No remedy can put back on the houseplants fallen buds, just remember not too move a budding houseplant and keep houseplants in a location with a stable temperature.
Houseplants need to be in a location with a stable temperature, not too hot and definitely not too cold or the houseplant will suffer from cold damage. A houseplant that has been damaged by the cold will have drooped, blacken leaves all over. To remedy this houseplant problem, remove all damaged foliage and place the houseplant in a warmer location.
If a houseplant has a nutrient deficiently, the entire houseplant will look pale and ‘leggy’, long stems but tiny leaves. To remedy this common houseplant problem, re-pot your houseplant into fresh potting soil and feed with a water soluble plant food.