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Here's Why Your Houseplant Is Dropping Leaves

So, your houseplant is dropping leaves? There are a number of frustrating reasons that this could be happening. Below we are going to explore the most common reasons why your houseplant is dropping leaves. 

Top 5 Reasons Your Houseplant Is Dropping Leaves


One of the most common causes of a houseplant dropping its leaves is overwatering.

Plants need water to survive, but too much water can be detrimental to their health.

When a plant is overwatered, the roots can become waterlogged and begin to rot, which can cause the leaves to drop off.

"To avoid overwatering your houseplants, make sure to check the soil moisture level before watering your plant, and water only when the top inch to two inches of soil is dry to the touch."


On the other hand, under-watering can also be the reason why your houseplant is dropping leaves. 

Plants need a consistent supply of moisture to stay healthy, and when they don't get enough water, their leaves will begin to droop and fall off.

"To prevent under-watering, create a consistent watering schedule for your houseplants. We like, "Water Wednesdays," because it's easy to remember."

Nutrient Deficiency

Another possible reason for a houseplant dropping its leaves is a nutrient deficiency.

Plants need a balanced supply of nutrients to grow and thrive, and when they don't get enough of certain essential nutrients, their leaves will start turning yellow and fall off. Here's more on why your houseplants leaves may be turning yellow.

"To prevent nutrient deficiency in your houseplants, make sure to fertilize your plant regularly, and provide a balanced fertilization schedule to ensure that your plant is getting all the nutrients it needs."

Pests, Bugs, Gnats, and Fungus Oh My!

Pests can also cause a houseplant to drop its leaves.

Insects such as aphids, mealybugs, and spider mites can feed on the plant's leaves, causing them to yellow and fall off. Check out this helpful blog article all about common houseplant pests and what to do!

"To prevent pests, inspect your plant regularly for signs of pests, and treat the plant with an appropriate pest control product as soon as possible! Here's one that works great!"


Another possible reason for a houseplant dropping its leaves is temperature.

Plants have specific temperature requirements, and when the temperature is too high or too low, the leaves can start to drop off.

"One easy way to prevent unwanted temps blasting your houseplant is to make sure your plant isn't close to vents in your home. Often times air conditioning or heating will traumatize your plants."

In Conclusion 

Make sure your houseplants are getting the proper care. The most important element to stay on top of is watering and you'll have happy and healthy houseplants all year long!

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