Help, my plant is losing leaves
Is your plant losing leaves or do you see some troubling discolouration? This can have many different causes and there may not be anything wrong with your plant. It's best not to start guilt-tripping right away by grabbing the watering can! Read through this blog post to learn more about what might be going on with your plant before you go into action mode.
Too much sunlight or a lack thereof?
Lack of light is the leading cause of issues with the leaves of your plant. It leads to the plant not getting enough energy and when that happens, your plant will stop producing leaves and even shed leaves in order to preserve energy. When this happens the plant's leaves can change colour and start spacing out more - making the plant look thin. Also, if you notice the leaves growing into the direction of the sun this is another tell tale sign that there isn't enough light. Put your plant in a brighter spot and you'll see it thrive in no-time.
Too much sunlight is another big issue. Most plants don't like to be put in a super bright spot. The fact that this is an issue is not always easy to recognize because over-watering typically gives similar symptoms. If you know you've been diligent with watering then it is safe to assume you may want to put your plant in a less bright spot.
Too much or not enough water
Over or under watering your plant can also cause leaf loss. The effects of this are visible as your plant stops growing, loses leaves or gets yellow leaves. The best way to test for over or under-watering is the finger test. Insert your finger as far into the soil as it will go. If the soil is mushy there is too much water - you are over watering or the plant does not have adequate drainage. If your finger is bone dry there is not enough.
Falling leaves due to illnesses
Most illnesses actually steal energy and nutrients from your plant. If it has less energy to use it will start dropping leaves to prevent itself from dying. Plants are pretty smart about this but they will still need your help to get rid of whatever is bugging them. If you see issues with the color of leaves, white, brown or black spots check for illnesses. Here's a good place to start. We've listed all common illnesses.
Not enough nutrients
If you are at your wits end with your plant and you have tried all of the above tips, then it may have an issue with the nutrient density of the soil. Try giving the plant a little extra fertilizer to see if things get better.