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Why Does My Prayer Plant Have Yellow Leaves

Written by Ivy

Nov 23 2021

Why Does My Prayer Plant Have Yellow Leaves
Prayer plant is an amazing plant with beautiful leaves. There are all kinds of different varieties. The prayer plant is especially suitable for keeping indoors and can grow vigorously without too much light. Now let's analyze some causes and solutions of yellow leaves of prayer plant.
If we want to prevent the leaves of the ornamental prayer plant from turning yellow, we should avoid excessive exposure to the sun, dry air and frequent watering. These are the things we should pay attention to when maintaining the ornamental prayer plant. Watch the prayer plant like bright light and properly scattered light to maintain high air humidity. In spring and summer, the basin soil remains slightly wet. In autumn and winter, the basin soil can be watered after it is dry, so as to avoid yellow leaves.
Why Does My Prayer Plant Have Yellow Leaves
In spring and summer, thin fertilizer is added occasionally, and frequent fertilization is not required. The leaves of the ornamental prayer plant will turn yellow, usually because of too much water or excessive drought. The ornamental prayer plant is very similar to the common tropical foliage plants. It can grow with a little scattered light and give a little soft light every day. Avoid exposure to the sun if the light is too strong.
The leaves of the ornamental prayer plant are easy to be sunburned, and the leaf tips are easy to turn yellow and wither. It is necessary to move the ornamental prayer plant to a slightly shaded place in time to make it slowly recover to a good state. In addition, the sunburned parts should be cut off in time.

1. Excessive watering leads to prayer plant yellow leaves

Why Does My Prayer Plant Have Yellow Leaves
Excessive watering can easily lead to yellowing of the leaves of the Prayer plant such as prayer plant maranta leuconeura, which is also one of the most common symptoms. If the soil is often wet and the basin soil often accumulates water, it will not only lead to yellowing of the leaves. Watching the bottom of the rhizome of the prayer plant will also rot and stink.
Once the leaves of the ornamental prayer plant begin to turn yellow, check the soil in time. And check whether the rhizome bottom is rotten and blackened.
If the soil is often wet, it must be dried in time. Before watering each time, it is generally to wait for about 3cm below the soil surface to dry, and then water it again. In addition, pay attention to giving appropriate water to the ornamental prayer plant. It is sensitive to water. It is best to use rainwater, purified water, well water, etc.
The long-term use of tap water will lead to alkaline soil, and the saline and alkaline substances in the soil will continue to increase, especially various salts and minerals. It can be washed with a large amount of water occasionally during the growth period to avoid the accumulation of saline and alkaline substances in the basin soil.
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2. Suitable basin soil for Prayer Plant

The soil for cultivating prayer plant should have good drainage. The soil should be fluffy to ensure good air permeability and drainage, which can avoid frequent moisture of the soil. This is why we should use some sandy soil to ensure good soil drainage. 3 ~ 5 equal parts of river sand or perlite can be added to the basin soil.
In addition, we can add some broken tiles or ceramsite at the bottom of the basin to ensure that the soil will not block the drainage hole. There is another case of excessive soil drought, that is, the basin soil is dry for a long time. If the ornamental prayer plant is not taken care of for a long time, it is easy to cause the leaves to turn yellow and dry.

3. Air humidity for Prayer Plant

Why Does My Prayer Plant Have Yellow Leaves
When the air is in, the leaves of the ornamental prayer plant will even curl up, which is easy to distinguish. In a dry environment, its stems and leaves will even hang down. If you find that the leaves of the ornamental prayer plant are dry for a long time. Be sure to add water to them in time, and cut off the yellow and withered parts directly.
However, one thing we should pay attention to is that the leaves of the prayer plant will expand during the day and close at night in a completely dark environment, which is also a feature of watching the prayer plant. Like most indoor plants, prayer plant likes high air humidity to grow well. If the air is dry or poorly ventilated, it is also easy to cause yellow leaves.
The relative humidity of the maintenance and ornamental prayer plant can be maintained at about 50% ~ 90%, and the leaves can grow vigorously. Too low humidity will not only lead to yellow leaves, but also dry branches and leaves, which can increase the humidity of the surrounding environment.
We can turn on the humidifier next to the ornamental prayer plant, or pad some pebbles on the tray at the bottom of the Flower pot, fill in an appropriate amount of water, and put the potted ornamental prayer plant on it, which can also achieve a good effect of increasing humidity.
When the weather is good, you can spray water around and on the leaves regularly, which can not only clean the leaves, but also clean the dust on the leaves. Let the ornamental prayer plant grow better, but do not leave water droplets on the leaves for a long time, otherwise it is easy to breed leaf spot and other fungal diseases.

4. Temperature

The environment in which we maintain the prayer plant should be kept in proper circulation. When we cultivate and watch the prayer plant, we should also pay attention to keeping the environment warm. The growth temperature is between 16 and 27 degrees. If the temperature is too low, for example, the temperature is below 4 degrees, it is easy to cause frostbite on the leaves of the ornamental prayer plant, and there will be water stains on the leaves. At this time, these frostbitten leaves should be cut off in time, Just move it to a warm place and let it relax slowly. In addition, we should avoid placing the potted ornamental prayer plant next to the heater or air conditioner.

5. Attention to fertilization for Prayer Plant

It is not necessary to apply fertilizer frequently for the maintenance of prayer plant. Excessive fertilization will easily lead to yellow leaves or even white leaves. If you do not apply fertilizer for a long time, such as not adding fertilizer to it for 3 ~ 5 years, it is easy to lack fertility. In the spring and summer growing season, you can add a little thin fertilizer every two months, usually in late spring and early summer.
If you find some yellow and withered leaves at the bottom of the branches of the potted ornamental prayer plant, just cut them off in time. The ornamental prayer plant in the bright light of the nursery does not need to be taken care of frequently. It can maintain a good growth state when placed near the windowsill with scattered light or under the bright light.