The Most Common Houseplant Problems and How to Fix Them

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The Most Common Houseplant Problems and How to Fix ThemIt happens almost every time—you receive a beautiful houseplant or a wonderful bouquet of flowers, only to find them wilted, discolored, or even rotted within a few weeks. What went wrong? A number of factors could be a play, ranging from watering to disease. Recognizing the signs and pinpointing the cause can help you better treat the problem and then prevent it later on in the future.  

That’s why we’ve put together this guide of the most common problems that houseplants will face, and what you can do to fix them. Read on to learn more:  

Brown tips on leaves 

This is perhaps one of the most common problems that people run into with their plants. You think you’re doing everything right, yet the tips of your plant’s leaves are dried and brown. The main reason for this is inconsistent watering. You’re either waiting too long to water them, or you’re not watering them thoroughly enough. Do your research to see how frequently your plant needs to be watered, and then when you do water them, ensure they’re soaked all the way through by watering until you see water coming out of the drainage holes. If you notice that the leaves still have brown tips, then the other two causes could be low humidity or overfertilizing. Try misting your plants every few days and go easy on the fertilizer to see if this will resolve the brown tips. 


As your plant grows, you may notice it awkwardly stretching up or out. This means that your plant is not getting enough sunlight, so they will stretch out towards the closest light source (be it a window or a door) in order to get the light that they so desperately need. The solution to this problem, then, is simple—just move your plant closer to a window or switch it to a room that receives more light. Additionally, be sure to rotate your plant every so often to ensure that all sides get the appropriate amount of light. 

Yellow leaves 

One or two yellow leaves aren’t a huge issue. Just pluck them off and continue doing what you’re doing. If, however, you keep seeing yellow leaves popping up, then this could be a sign that you’re overwatering your plant or that it’s not receiving enough light. Try pushing your plant closer to a window and then ease off on the water for a little bit. Again, you will have to do your research to see how much water your plant actually needs, but you can also test it yourself. Stick your finger down into the soil until it meets your second knuckle. If the soil still feels dry, it needs to be watered, if it’s still damp, then wait a few more days and try again. 

Distorted leaves 

Take a good look at your leaves. If they’re curling, or if they have black or fuzzy white spots, then they’re likely dealing with insects, disease, or both. When this happens, bring your plant to your local florist or garden center to see how best to get rid of the infection. Some will just need a good hosing down, while others will need a more serious treatment with anti-fungal or anti-bacterial solutions.  


Finally, if your plants or flowers are wilting, then there could be multiple potential problems. Overwatering, underwatering, heat stress, disease, low humidity, and poorly draining soil are all potential causes of a wilting plant. In these instances, it may not be worth trying to save your plant. If, however, you’re determined to do so, then try adjusting your watering habits or repotting the plant into better soil and see if this helps.  

By understanding the signs and symptoms of these common houseplant problems, you can now take the steps to cure and prevent them. For further help on how to care for your plants and flowers, contact Mills Florist today.