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Why are my houseplants leaves turning yellow?

Overwatering or underwatering are the most common culprits when a plant's leaves turn yellow. With potted plants, it is crucial that you only water as much as the plant needs. If you have a plant with yellow leaves, check the soil in the pot. Before they drop, though, the leaves will typically turn yellow.

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Also to know is, can yellow leaves turn green again?

Diagnosis: If the leaves are turning yellow — almost jaundice-looking — and the center stalk is turning brown and getting a little soft, chances are you might be overwatering your plant. Lastly, remove yellow leaves, as they will not turn vibrant green again — and don't worry, it's all for the best.

Subsequently, question is, should you cut yellow leaves off plants? Yellowing leaves don't usually look very nice, but neither does the exposed, leggy looking stem you leave behind when you trim the leaves off. If trimming the leaves doesn't correct the issue or make the plant look better, there's not much reason to either trim or not trim.

Also question is, how do you know if you are overwatering your plants?

5 Signs of Overwatering

  1. Wet and Wilting. It looks wilted, but the soil is wet.
  2. Brown Leaves. If the leaves turn brown and wilt, there is the possibility that you have been overwatering.
  3. Edema. The third sign that your plant has been overwatered is edema.
  4. Yellow Falling Leaves.
  5. Root Rot.

What nutrient deficiency causes yellow leaves?

The most common nutrient problem associated with chlorosis is lack of iron, but yellowing may also be caused by manganese, zinc, or nitrogen deficiencies. According to Schuster one way to separate iron deficiency from other deficiencies is to determine what foliage turned yellow first.

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