Do the plants speak? Well, no! But they show signs, in this short article, you’ll learn 7 Plant Deficiency symptoms or what plant needs from you and how you can identify this.
1. The plant is wilted, stunted and discolored
Meaning: I am overwatered
Over watering is the surest way to kill a plant. But, it’s not just about that. Make sure the pot has adequate drainage. If pot is not having enough holes in the bottom, the plant will die due to root rot. Drainage is also important even when you’re growing plants on the ground.
2. The leaves and stems are brown and crispy
Meaning: I am thirsty.
Give the plant a new life by watering deeply until the soil is moist, but not wet. It has often been some time from when the problem had occurred until the leaves change color, but that does not mean you can not fix it. Have patience and do the regular watering.
3. The plant looks a little sad
Meaning: I am root bound.
The plant needs watering again and again and roots are growing upwards and peeking through drainage holes of the pot. The plant looks a little sad and growing slowly, little or no development. These are the symptoms of root bound plant.
4. The leaves are yellow at the tips
Meaning: I am underwatered.
Less often and shallow watering is the reason of yellowing leaves from edges. Evidently, the plant is watered, but not getting it deeply. One more reason could be an accumulation of salts due to over fertilization or use of soft water.
5. The plant is stretching its stems and leaves towards the sun
Meaning: I need sunlight.
Just as people get tired and feel bad at the lack of natural light, the same applies to plants. Move the plant to a sunny location. This process of stretching of plants is called etiolation.
6. The plant is unusually pale, discolored and lack of growth
Meaning: I am hungry, need fertilizer.
You should add more nutrients and fertilizer. See if the plant has a lack of growth, few or no blooms and seems leggy.
7. Yellowing and wilting lower leaves, browning tips and stunted growth
Meaning: I am overfertilized or suffering from heat stress
Overfertilizing is one of the very common mistakes many beginners do. To avoid overfertilizing, strictly follow the doses directed on fertilizer’s packet. If you have already overfertilized your plant leach the soil with water. It is also possible that the plant is suffering from heat stress, maybe it is exposed to the intense sun at very high temperatures.