How To Read Your Plant/Succulent

Are you looking at your struggling plant and wondering why it looks like that? Ever since I got my first plant, the beginning of my greenery addiction, I’ve learned how to spot issues. I’ve compiled a list of symptoms your plant might be showing and how to help it! Keep in mind that some signs can mean multiple things but hopefully this post will help you eliminate possible issues.

Droopy plant or succulent While this is more prominent in succulents, it’s also possible with plants. If yours is drooping over to the side then it means it’s been overwatered. Another indicator of this is a black or brown stem near the base. You have two options to fix this: if the stem is long enough, cut it and propagate it, or cut the roots where they rotted and let them dry for a day. When they have dried create a little greenhouse for the plant by putting it in soil and putting a clear plastic cup over the plant.

Wilting plant

This means your plant is dehydrated. You can either wait until the morning to water (the best time to water) or water immediately if your plant is really wilted.

Leaves dropping

Normally this means the plant is in shock. When I replanted my succulent and moved it from a shadier spot to direct sunlight, some of the bottom leaves dropped because it was in shock of the new location. It will take time for your plant to recover from this shock so be patient. Just leave it in the new location and it will adapt.

Yellow and brown leaves/spots

This means sunburn. This is very common for Aloe Vera! Some greenhouses will tell you to keep yours in bright light but that’s wrong wrong WRONG! It should be in indirect light or else it will get sunburn. If you notice this happening to your other plants, move them to a shadier spot.

Bottom yellow leaves

This can either mean your plant is shedding old leaves or it needs fertilizer. My Myrtle Topiary started to show yellow leaves and after I fertilized it, it’s a lot better! You can either snip them off or wait for them to fall off. If you’re looking for a generic fertilizing schedule, I normally fertilize my plants once every two weeks.

Brown tips

Your plant isn’t getting the moisture it needs. If you live in a dry location like me, it’s important to mist your plants every day or every other day. My Peace Lilly started to show brown tips so I started to mist the leaves every morning and now it’s back to new! Never underestimate the power of your plants!


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