Plant Care Tip #11: What To Do About Leaf Drop

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The latest in plant care tips for keeping your foliage happy and healthy, brought to you by premium plant delivery service Léon & George.

Houseplants drop leaves for many reasons, but most are related to one of the following mishaps in care or growing conditions.

Water: either too much or too little watering, getting on a consistent schedule with your plants is important.

Dry air: tropical plants prefer humid environments and if the air is too dry, they may drop leaves to show their discomfort. Use a humidifier or mister to add moisture to the air.

Fertility: lack of sufficient nutrients - usually you’ll notice leaves lighter in color first, so you have a chance to correct this before leaves drop by adding a small amount of diluted fertilizer.           

Chilling: tropical plants are sensitive to low temperatures - plants on windowsills or in the way of air drafts may get cold and drop leaves     

Often, slight adjustments to your plant’s conditions is all that’s needed. Occasional leaf drop is okay as sometimes our plants need to focus their energy on new growth so shedding the odd, unhealthy leaves is normal.

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