Why do houseplants turn yellow?

Most plants have green leaves ranging from light green color to very dark hues. When these plants are in their natural environment, most of them will thrive and stay healthy despite the harshest of conditions. For plants that are brought inside houses or building though, some may not be able to adjust to the new environment and many of them will have leaves that will soon turn yellow. When the leaves of house plants turn to yellow on the tips or sides, it could be due to a lot of factors. All these factors basically indicate that the plant isn’t healthy anymore and people need to assess whether to put the plant back outside or transfer it to a more suitable pot or place.

One common reason for the yellowing of house plant is limited or no sunlight exposure. Plants literally need the sun in order to produce food and keep healthy. The light from the sun also helps them remain green all throughout their lives. Without enough sun exposure, some plant leaves will turn to yellow. Sunlight basically functions as an energizer or activator to the food manufacturing processes of plants and without it, these processes will be hampered and the nutrients will not reach the leaves and will make them yellow eventually.

Yellowing of house plant leaves may also be due to over or under-watering. There are varieties of plants that need a constant supply of water all day and so they need the soil in the pots to be quite muddy with water for the entire day. There are also plants who don’t like to be in pots that are over-filled with water. The leaves of many plants will also turn yellow if they don’t get enough nutrients from the soil in their pots for example. Some plant varieties also suffer from viral infections and contamination from the soil and these will also contribute to the yellowing of the leaves.

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