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Plant Care Tip #49: Yellow Winter Leaves

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We've officially entered that part in winter where the temperature and light conditions can change faster than we, and our plants, can wrap our heads around. For some, this might lead to an unsightly yellow leaf or two. Pamper your plant by removing these leaves and read on for a few simple and effective solutions.

Temperature - Most plants will have yellowing associated with air that is too cold. This may be hard to avoid in the middle of winter, but aim for keeping your plants at a temp that would be comfortable for you, somewhere between 65º-75ºF

Nutrition - We all love to fertilize our plants and watch them grow faster, but we have to slow down on the fertilizer in winter. Your plants have entered a stage of dormancy, and fertilizing them to wake up and grow will cause them to express their stress through yellow leaves. Wait until it's officially spring before breaking out the plant food again.

Moisture Stress - Under and overwatering can both cause yellow leaves. To see if either one of these are your problem, you‘ll have to get a little dirty and check that soil. Lift your plant out of its decorative pot to check the bottom. If soggy, leave out to dry completely. If dry to the bone, let the roots soak in water to re-learn to retain moisture. In both scenarios, adjust your watering amount or frequency.

Light - Yellow leaves is almost always a sign of your indoor plant not getting enough of that outdoor light. Try moving your plant closer to a window or artificial light source and observe any changes over the course of a couple of weeks. Make small moves at first to give your plant time to adjust - especially for those that are more sensitive like ficuses and ferns.

Plant Care Tip #32: Cut it Off

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

That yellowing, browning, ripped, soggy, crispy, etc. leaf is not turning back to green.

Plants are living, breathing beings and imperfections are natural. 

If it bothers you, you can safely cut the leaf off or trim the edges. Don't remove more than 25% of the leaves at a time. 

Take a step back and look at the plant from a distance. If the leaf contributes nicely to the overall shape, leave it on. 

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Rubber Tree leaf.

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

During autumn, trees turn yellow and drop their leaves as a way to save energy and hibernate through winter. With the right conditions, indoor potted plants can stay green all year round. If you have a leaf or two turning yellow, something is off balance.

  • Water to light ratio - your plant is getting too much water in relation to how much light it's getting (strength and # of hours)

  • Not enough light - leaves facing away from the plant’s light source can yellow. Rotate your plant for even light access. 

  • Drafts of air - move plants away from the path of air vents or open windows. It may not be your top decor spot, but your plant will thank you. 

  • Not enough nutrients - too much calcium, or not enough nitrogen, something is off. Take your plant out of its decorative pot and thoroughly shower the soil in a sink or bathtub. Provide a small dose of fertilizer at your next watering and repeat monthly. 

  • Leaf age - sometimes, nothing is off and it’s just time for the leaf to go. This is completely normal and means your plant will have more energy for growing new leaves.  

Above all, be patient. A yellow leaf does not mean your plant is doomed. Once diagnosing which adjustment to make, your plant can make a full recovery. 

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