Indoor Plant Problems Caused by Nonliving Factors

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Updated: June 14, 2021

Diagnose Indoor Plant Problems

Symptoms of common houseplant problems.
Updated: May 24, 2021

Winter Indoor Plant Problems

Overwatering is the most common problem leading to problems with houseplants in the winter.
Crown rot on aloe
Updated: March 26, 2021

Low Light Impacts on Indoor Plants

Low light levels can result in few or no flowers and spindly growth as indoor plants stretch for more light.
Updated: March 26, 2021

Yellowing Leaves on Indoor Plants

Leaf yellowing is often one of the first symptoms of plants stress.
Yellow leaves high light orchid
Updated: March 26, 2021

Pot-Bound Indoor Plants

Pot-bound plants typically become too dry and have symptoms such as brown or dead leaf tips.
Pot bound plant
Updated: March 26, 2021

Overwatered Indoor Plants

Wilting or yellowing of lower and inner leaves is a primary symptom of overwatering.
Houseplant dieback
Updated: March 16, 2021

Nutrient Deficiency of Indoor Plants

Symptoms of nutrient deficiency include yellow leaves and poor growth.
Orchid with yellowing leaves
Updated: March 16, 2021

Mineral and Fertilizer Salt Deposits on Indoor Plants

Mineral and fertilizer salt deposits usually appear as white crystallized residue on leaves or potting medium.
Miner deposits on orchid
Updated: March 16, 2021

Excess Light on Indoor Plants

Strong sun and heat can cause pale, bleached, or faded areas on houseplants.
Yellow leaves high light orchid
Updated: March 16, 2021

Fertilizer Toxicity or High Soluble Salts in Indoor Plants

Excessive use of fertilizers may lead to browning or dieback of the leaf tips and margins of indoor plants. Learn about additional symptoms and management practices.
Fertilizer damage on poinsettia