Why Does My Pilea Peperomioides Have Yellow Leaves?

Written by Ivy

Dec 29 2021

Why Does My Pilea Peperomioides Have Yellow Leaves?
Pilea peperomioides is a very common ornamental green plant. Its plants are short, its leaves are green and shiny, and it looks very fresh and pleasing to the eye. However, during the maintenance of Pilea peperomioides, the leaves often turn yellow, which not only affects the viewing, but also easily causes the whole plant death of Pilea peperomioides if it is not handled in time. What are the causes and solutions of yellow leaves of Pilea peperomioides?

Yellow Leaves Symptoms of Pilea Peperomioides

  • Outer Leaves Turn Yellow
In the first case, the leaves at the bottom or periphery of Pilea peonomioides wither and turn yellow. Generally, the leaves close to the basin soil or water surface appear yellowish brown, while the peripheral leaves will appear yellowish without luster. This situation is mostly caused by the unsatisfactory maintenance environment or the normal metabolism of plants. This yellowing phenomenon has little effect on the growth of Pilea peperomioides!
  • All Leaves Turn Yellow
In the second case, the leaves of Pilea peperomioides are all yellow. In this case, the yellowing of leaves is a gradual situation, and there is no law to follow. This is a morbid yellowing for many reasons. If it is not handled in time, the whole pot of Pilea peperomioides will gradually wilt and rot.

Causes and solutions of yellow leaves in Pilea peperomioides

Why Does My Pilea Peperomioides Have Yellow Leaves
  • Poor Ventilation
The basin soil of Pilea peonomioides has been wet or too dry for a long time, and it is not watered when it is dry, In addition, the environment is too humid (although Pilea peperomioides is an aquatic plant, it can not grow well if it is too humid in soil culture). Another reason is that the environment is stuffy. Succulent plants can be stuffy, but green leafy plants can not. Just like people will dehydrate and wilt when they spend too long in the sauna. In a stuffy environment, the leaves will droop and turn yellow.
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  • Temperature Stress
Yellow leaves appear in Pilea peperomioides, which may be caused by low ambient temperature. Pilea peonomioides likes warmth and cannot stand the cold. If it grows in a low temperature environment for a long time, it will affect its growth and lead to yellow leaves. We can keep Pilea peperomioides in a warm environment and raise the temperature to more than 10 ℃, which can alleviate the problem of yellow leaves.
  • Improper Light
Pilea peperomioides likes light. When the light is insufficient, the leaves are small, the stems are long, and it is easy to fall down. Therefore, some people also put Pilea peonomioides in the sun all day in summer. As a result, the old leaves on the periphery become more and more yellow. In summer, the sun is too strong, and the Pilea peonomioides cannot be exposed to the sun. When the light is not too strong in the morning and afternoon, it is best to shade or keep them in the astigmatism at noon, so as to effectively avoid yellow leaves.
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  • Wrong Watering
If Pilea peperomioides is hydroponic, pay attention to the change of water level in summer. Because of the large evaporation, the water level will change greatly. Check every day. If the water level in the container for raising Pilea peperomioides drops, replenish water in time to restore the water level. If the water level always rises and falls, the leaves are easy to turn yellow.
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  • Improper Fertilization
The most suitable temperature for the growth of Pilea peperomioides is 22 ~ 28 degrees. In summer, the temperature is high, and Pilea peperomioides grows slowly. If there is no problem, it's best not to apply fertilizer, and then apply fertilizer when the weather is cool and enters the rapid growth period. If we fertilize Pilea peperomioides in hot weather, the excess nutrients will cause fertilizer injury to the leaves and lead to yellowing.
  • Untrimmed Flowers
Pilea peperomioides usually blooms in late spring and early summer. Starting from the long flower arrow, yellow leaves may appear one after another because it will consume more nutrients. If you don't plan to keep seeds, you'd better cut off the flowers early to reduce nutrient consumption. If the flowers are left behind, the flowers consume too much nutrients during the dormancy of Pilea peperomioides in summer, and there will be more yellow leaves.
  • Humidity Level
Pilea peonomioides likes a humid environment. If the temperature is high and the air humidity is low in summer, you should spray water mist on the leaf surface and around from time to time. Otherwise, Pilea peonomioides grows slowly and leaves are gray. At the same time, old leaves are easy to produce yellow leaves, and the edges of new leaves are dry.