We offer to get acquainted with the most common signs of improper care of houseplants and flowers.
It often happens that the flower on the flowers falls off faster than usual, the leaves wither and curl, and we wonder why. Such things happen when a flower or other houseplant is not properly cared for. To have time to save your pet, you need to know the signs and causes of change.
Signs of improper care of houseplants and flowers
We offer to get acquainted with the most common of them.
Signs of improper care – The upper leaves are firm but yellow
The reason for this may be the high calcium content in the soil. In most cases, this happens to those plants that do not tolerate acidic soils and which are sprinkled with ash, which contains a high content of calcium, or use hard water for watering.
Signs of improper care – Dots or spots on the leaves
If the spots or dots are dry and brown, these signs are caused by a lack of water in the ground and very low humidity. If the spots on the leaves are soft and dark brown, the cause is water overflow. If the spots are white or yellow – damage to houseplants caused by the use of very cold water when pouring or getting water on the leaves.
Such spots can occur when using aerosols, direct sunlight or the appearance of harmful insects.
Signs of improper care – Brown tips and edges of the leaves
Dried brown tips of houseplant leaves often appear due to insufficient moisture. Another cause is physical damage – when the tips of the leaves are often touched or they are pressed against the wall or window. If the tips of the leaves are yellow or brown, it can be caused by several reasons: excessive or insufficient watering, lack or a lot of light, very high or very low air temperature, too much fertilizer, low humidity, drafts.
Signs of improper care – The leaves curl and fall off
The causes of such symptoms are excessive watering of the plant, lack of heat, drafts.
Signs of improper care – Sudden fall of healthy leaves
Sudden fall of healthy leaves (without loss of color, leaves do not fade, do not dry out) is most common when the plant is shocked. Shock in plants can be caused by sudden changes in temperature (both high and low), changes in lighting during the day or strong and cold drafts. Sudden leaf fall in woody houseplants can also be caused by drying of the earth.
Signs of improper care – The leaves turn yellow and fall off
The lower leaves of the adult plant turn yellow and fall off over time – this is a natural process. If several leaves turn yellow and fall at the same time, the reason may be transfusion of earth and cold drafts.
Signs of improper care – Withered leaves
The cause of wilting leaves in plants is insufficient watering or water transfusion. Transfusion of land with water is a consequence of poor drainage, lack of holes for draining excess water, excessive watering. Other causes of wilting of houseplants can be a lack of light, a tight pot, high temperatures, and direct sunlight on the plant. Withered insects are also the cause of wilted leaves.
Signs of improper care – Leaves fall on new plants
For transplanted, newly purchased, or relocated plants, dropping one or two lower leaves is perfectly normal. Such changes shock the plant, it needs time to adapt.
Signs of improper care – The lower leaves dry up and fall off
Causes: insufficient light, very high air temperature, insufficient watering of the plant.
Signs of improper care – The buds fall off
This most often happens when there is insufficient humidity, drying of the earth, lack of light, a sharp change of location, or when infected flowers with pests.
Signs of improper care – The plant does not bloom
This reason is most often associated with lighting – not enough light or the plant does not like the length of daylight. Other reasons are excessive use of mineral fertilizers, dry air, thrips insects (buds are covered with spots and deformed), transplantation (some flowers bloom only in a tight pot).
Signs of improper care – Flowers wither quickly
Causes: insufficient light, very high air temperature, insufficient watering or the plant is in the sun.
Signs of improper care – The plant does not grow or grows very slowly
In winter (dormancy) – this is perfectly normal for all plants should not be forced to grow. If the plant does not grow from spring to autumn, the probable cause is a lack of nutrients, ie fertilizers, can also be a tight pot.
Signs of improper care – Colored leaves become monochromatic, completely green
The reason is insufficiently lit plants. Move the flowerpot closer to the window.
Signs of improper care – Leaves and stems rot
This disease occurs when the wrong placement of the plant, transfusion and stagnation of water in the pot, leading to root rot.
Signs of improper care – Torn edges and holes in the leaves
Most often occur with physical injuries caused by pets, young children and people; can also occur in caterpillar attacks.
Signs of improper care – Green plaque and white plaque on a ceramic pot
Causes: transfusion, poor drainage or lack thereof. White plaque appears when using hard water or excessive amounts of mineral fertilizers.