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4 Reasons Why Your Leaves are Yellowing

1. Rapid Growth

New Growth

Plants prioritize their newest, youngest growth. So when the plant doesn't have enough access to nutrients in the root zone, it will take from the older leaves to provide for the newest growth.

Make sure you're growing in good organic houseplant soil, and fertilizer every 4-8 weeks with a good organic liquid fertilizer.

If you know you have plenty of nutrients in the soil, make sure they're accessible with adequate water!

2. Improper Watering

New Growth


Lack of water in the root zone makes it challenging for plants to absorb necessary minerals from the soil. Too little or too much water can interfere in this process!

Remember that the Chinese Evergreen likes its soil to dry out a bit between waterings. It should have moist soil about 3-4" down.

When you see yellowing, that is Nitrogen, and other mobile nutrients leaving the lower leaves to provide for the new growth. This is called Nutrient Recycling.

3. Too Little Light

Plants that don't have enough light self-prune off leaves they don't need. Plants are efficient organisms and when they cannot support a full set of leaves, they will often self-prune lower leaves to make space for leaves higher up.

Their goal is to get as close to the sun as possible! And that means growing leaves UP!

4. It's Just How it Grows!

Cane Stalks Like a Palm Tree


Just remember that Chinese Evergreens, DracaenasDieffenbachias, and

Pileas grow a stalk up similar to a palm tree!

Palm Tree Bark Like Evergreen

They shed their lowest leaves to provide for the newest growth. As they grow overtime, a bark-like stalk appears with the scars of where old leaves use to be!

Just make sure to fertilize regularly, and plant in healthy, organic houseplant soil.

Healthy Chinese Evergreen


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1 comment

  • I purchased a snake plant and a English ivy from you in August. I must say they are doing well but I have a couple of questions. How often do I need to repot either one? The ivy did lose a few leaves a couple of weeks ago but is doing well now.

    Ms Bonnie Barton

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