10 Signs of Unhappy Houseplants

If your indoor plant is looking gloomy and sad, then check out these Signs of Unhappy Houseplants and follow the measures suggested here!

If your indoor plants are not thriving and looking dull–it’s good to know the Signs of Unhappy Houseplants to know whether they’re unhealthy or not.

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Signs of an Unhappy Houseplant

1. Fewer Flowers, Excessive Leaves

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If you notice more leaves on your flowering houseplant than its flowers, it indicates excessive nitrogen or lack of sunlight. To avoid this, provide more light and feed with reduced nitrogen fertilizer. Make a fertilizing schedule and follow it!

2. Brown and Crispy Foliage

Like dropping leaves, it’s normal for a plant to have some falling brown leaves. But the problem comes when new foliage gets affected, or more leaves become brown. This indicates that your plant is unhappy. The reasons are:

  • If the entire leaf is turning brown, it indicates underwatering and a dry or less humid environment. In such conditions, water the plant deeply and make sure you do not let the soil go completely dry for a long time. Also, add a humidifier or pebble tray.
  • If the leaves’ edges turn brown, it’s a sign of too much fertilizer or due to pesticides, dry soil, hot air, low temperature, accumulated salts, or root rot. To fix it, fertilize the plant once a month and stand the pot in trays lined with pebbles. Also, water the plants thoroughly, so the excess salts flush out through drainage holes.

3. Scorched Leaves

Scorched and burnt leaves are a sign of overexposure to the direct sun. In such conditions, move the plant from direct to indirect sunlight and remove the affected foliage. Water the plant only when topsoil feels dry to touch and avoid overfertilization as it will worsen the burn.

4. Wilting Plant and Smaller Leaves

Too wet soil can cause a wilting plant and drooping leaves. Avoid overwatering to encourage healthy root growth and prevent root rot. If the plant is wilting, remove the plant from the pot and check the roots, and if you find rotten or infected roots, snip them. Repot the plant using a fresh potting mix in a clean pot with drainage holes.

5. Spotted or Speckled Leaves

The reason behind this issue is the fungal infection. If you notice a similar problem, isolate the infected plant from other plants and increase air-circulation by creating space between them. Also, avoid misting or splashing water on foliage while watering.

6. Leaf deformation & White Powdery Fungal Growth on Foliage

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Powdery mildew causes the above-mentioned issues. Treat this problem by removing infected leaves, and avoid cluttering plants too close together.

7. Brown to Black and Soft Roots

Black, mushy, and brown roots show root and stem rot. In such cases, remove the affected plant, trim the infected roots, and repot the plant using a fresh potting mix in a clean pot and apply a fungicide.

8. Falling Leaves

Leaf dropping is a common sign of an unhealthy plant. Most houseplants shed a leaf or two once in a while, usually the mature ones close to the stem. But if your plant is shedding a lot of leaves, then it might be due to:

  • Sudden change in growing conditions and temperature
  • A small pot or root-bound state
  • Watering plant with cold water
  • Lack of water
  • Overwatering

9. Stunted Growth, Distortion, and Dieback

Due to botrytis blight, plants suffer from distortion, stunted growth, and dieback. You can manage this issue by isolating the diseased plant so the problem doesn’t spread among other plants. Also, cut the infected parts and improve the air circulation.

10. Leaf’s Tip Turning Yellow and Brown

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This problem indicates that your plant is suffering from anthracnose. To cure this, remove the infected leaves and don’t mist the foliage. Also, avoid wetting the foliage while watering the plant.


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