University of Maryland Extension

Edema - Houseplants

edema geranium

  • Edema is a condition caused by the imbalance of water use by the plant and water uptake by the roots.


Plants may develop wart-like or crusty raised bumps on the lower leaf surfaces. The bumps may become brown or necrotic and may be misdiagnosed as disease or insect feeding damage.


Allow adequate drying time between watering schedules especially when growing media temperatures are cool and air temperatures are warm. Bottom heat can help alleviate edema symptoms during the winter. Plants prone to edema include English ivy, geranium, schefflera, jade, snake plant, African violets, pellionia, and aluminum plant.

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