Leaves turning yellow? Here is the solution


    Generally, One of the most common problems that every home gardener have with their plants is the developing of yellow leaves. There may be many reasons for the yellowing of leaves. Leaves turning yellow means they are not producing enough chlorophyll. In your plant if yellowing is only at the bottom that is near soil, then simply remove those yellow leaves and your plants should do just fine. This is due to aging and it is natural. If you find the newest and youngest leaves turning yellow, there may be some issue in your plant. As it is not a good sign for your plant, make sure to solve this solution by going through this article and bring back a healthy plant. 

    Firstly, lets us know why the leaves are turning yellow and at the same time let us discuss about the solution to prevent these yellowing of leaves.

1. Under Watering: 

    The most common reason for the yellowing of leaves is the watering issue. Due to Under watering, the soil gets dry and leaves turn yellow. Sometimes, it may even kill your plant. Under watering takes place mostly during summers, especially in April, May and June. This can be avoided by proper watering of your plants. If you water your plants with sufficient amount and with regularity then you can avoid this yellowing of leaves.

2. Over Watering and Lack of proper Drainage system:

    Over watering is also one of the reason for yellowing of leaves. It takes place if there is a poor drainage system. Over Watering occurs mostly in Rainy seasons. Hence the excess water and moisture in soil causes root rot. Over watering of plants means the Oxygen is being pushed out of the soil. If your plants are in a container or pots, make sure that there is a proper drainage hole for them, so that the excess water from the soil drains well. You can also consider the changing of pot and soil to promote better drainage for your plant.

3. Lack of Potassium:

    Another common reason for the plant leaves to turn yellow is due to lack of essential nutrients in the soil. Potassium is the macro nutrients of plants. If there is no sufficient amount of potassium for the plants, the edges of the leaves turn brown and have weak stems. For rectifying this problem you can add potash to your plants. As it is water soluble, mix half teaspoon of potash in half litre of water and give it to your plants once in a week or 10 days. In most of the cases, by applying the potash for your plants you may get the solution. You can spay it on leaves or directly pour it in the soil. If you are not having potash you can also apply banana peels. They contain lots of potassium. But you must dry the banana peels under full sun for 7 to 8 days in order to prevent from fungus. Grind them into powder and apply one teaspoon for once in a week.

4. Lack of Magnesium and Sulphur:

    Magnesium and Sulphur are very important for plant growth and development. Magnesium is used for Chlorophyll formation in plants. So, when there is a deficiency of magnesium, leaves turn yellow. The best thing is that we can easily cure magnesium deficiency by applying Epsom salt. Spray the solution of Half teaspoon of Epsom salt mixed with half litre of water directly on leaves. The yellow leaves are controlled by spraying once in a week or 10 days. Epsom salt is absorbed well by the plants, if applied directly to the leaves.

5. Infestation of Spider mites:

    Apart from the watering issues and deficiency of nutrients, there are also insect pests that affect our plants. The signs of Spider mite infestation can be the spotting on leaves and the edges turning yellow in color. By regularly monitoring your plants, and applying insecticides the pests can be prevented. And also make sure that plants get enough amount of sunlight.

    It is safe to remove the leaves from your plant whenever they turns yellow. By removing them your plant not only looks greenery but also reduces the risk of disease from spreading. For healthy way of gardening, visit The Home Gardenings.

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