I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen this happen. People think they’re being so diligent, watering their plants every day,
and then BAM.
Suddenly the lower leaves on your shy plant start to yellow and they don’t know what to do.
Well, I’m here to tell you that you’re probably over-watering your plants. When the lower leaves start to yellow, it’s a clear sign that the roots are getting too much water and not enough light.
Just like how humans need oxygen to breathe, the roots of your plants need oxygen to stay healthy. When they’re sitting in water, they’re not getting the oxygen they need, and that’s when they start to die.
TLDR: Too much water will cause the air to travel upwards and out of the potting mix, leaving the roots without the oxygen they need to survive. So if you see the lower leaves starting to yellow, cut back on the watering and make sure the pot has good drainage. Your plants will thank you for it!
What is Mimosa Pudica?
Mimosa pudica is a small shrub or herb that is native to Central and South America. The plant has multiple uses, including as an herbal remedy, but is most commonly known for its unique leaves.
The leaves of the Mimosa pudica plant are what sets it apart from other plants. Each leaf is covered in tiny hairs that are sensitive to touch, pressure, and vibration. When something comes into contact with the leaf, the leaves of the plant will fold inward and droop down. This plant is often called the “sensitive plant”, “shy plant” or the “touch me not” plant because of this unique feature.
In addition to its unique leaves, the Mimosa pudica plant is also known for its flowers. The flowers are small and white and grow in clusters. They have a sweet fragrance that is often compared to the smell of jasmine.
The Mimosa pudica plant is a popular houseplant because it is relatively easy to care for and does not require a lot of attention. The plant is also known for its ability to purify the air.
Mimosa pudica yellow leaves
Should I take yellow leaves off my shy plant?
No, you don’t need to take the yellow leaves off your plant. In fact, it’s actually beneficial for the plant to keep them on. The yellow leaves are acting as a shield, protecting the newer, more delicate leaves from the sun.
Believe it or not, they also still store food and water for the rest of the plant, so taking them off could and would be detrimental to the health of your plant. Just make sure you’re not over-watering, and the yellow leaves will eventually fall off on their own.
What does it mean when my plant has yellow leaves?
There are many possible explanations for yellow leaves on a houseplant. The most common cause is too much direct sunlight, which can cause the leaves to turn yellow or brown.
Another possibility is that the plant is not getting enough water. If the leaves look wilted and droopy, that is a sign that the plant needs to be watered more frequently.
Yellow leaves can also indicate a nutrient deficiency, so be sure to fertilize your plants regularly. In some cases, yellow leaves are simply the result of stress or age, and there is nothing that can be done to prevent it.
If you notice yellow leaves on your plant, don’t panic!
Just take a closer look at your plant’s care routine and see if you can identify the problem. With a little patience and TLC, you should be able to get your plant back to good health in no time.
Will the yellow leaves affect the health of my touch me not plant?
The yellow leaves will not affect the health of your plant, but if you’re not careful, they can be a sign that something is wrong. If the yellow leaves are caused by over-watering, it means the roots are not getting enough oxygen.
This can lead to root rot, which can eventually kill the plant. Just make sure you’re not over-watering, and the yellow leaves will eventually fall off on their own.
How often should I water Mimosa pudica indoor?
In a perfect world, Mimosa pudica should be watered every 3-4 days. Water the plant until the soil is moist, but not soggy.
BUT a better answer is to water when the soil is dry to the touch. The frequency of watering will depend on the size of the pot, the type of potting mix, and the temperature/humidity in your home. Just keep an eye on the plant and water when it needs it.
Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between watering. If the leaves start to yellow, you are probably over-watering. Cut back on the watering and make sure the pot has good drainage.
What can I do to prevent my Mimosa pudica from having yellow leaves?
There are a few things you can do to prevent your Mimosa pudica from having yellow leaves.
First, check the soil in which your sensitive plant is growing. Mimosa pudica prefer soils that are high in organic matter and well-draining. If the soil is too compacted or soggy, it could be preventing the roots from getting the oxygen they need, causing the leaves to yellow. You can improve the drainage of your sensitive plant soil by adding organic matter such as compost or peat moss.
Second, make sure you are not over-watering your plant. These plants like to have moist, but not soggy, soils. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between watering. If the leaves are still yellowing, you may be underwatering your plant. Try to increase the frequency of your watering.
Yellow leaves can sometimes be a sign of stress due to too much or too little light, nutrient deficiencies, or pests. Try moving your plant to a spot that gets indirect sunlight and fertilizing it with a balanced fertilizer. If you think pests may be the problem, inspect your plant carefully and treat it accordingly.
With a little bit of care, you should be able to get your Mimosa pudica back to its gorgeous self in no time!
Quick tips on how to grow a sensitive plant:
The touch me not plant care is pretty easy.
- Sensitive plants need well-draining, organic soil in order to thrive.
- Check your plant’s thirst level by poking your finger an inch into the soil. If it feels dry, it’s time to water.
- Provide a high level of humid environment for your plant by placing it on a pebble tray or misting it with water.
- If you see the lower leaves starting to yellow, cut back on watering and make sure the pot has good drainage.
- These plants are sensitive to too much sun, so make sure they are in a spot that gets indirect sunlight.
- Fertilize your sensitive plant with a balanced fertilizer every few weeks.
- Inspect your plant regularly for pests, and treat accordingly if you see any.
With a little bit of the right Mimosa care, you will have a beautiful, healthy sensitive plant in no time!
Final thoughts on mimosa pudica yellow leaves
So, what’s the solution?
How can you prevent your plants from turning yellow?
The answer is simple: give them the mimosa pudica care they need.
Remember that the leaves are a way for plants to communicate their needs to you. If you see the leaves turning yellow, it’s a sign that something is wrong.
Pay attention to the soil, watering, and light conditions of your plant and make sure they are ideal for the species. Yellow leaves can also be a sign of stress due to nutrient deficiencies, pests, or too much or too little light.
Inspect your plant carefully and address any problems you see. With a little bit of care, you should be able to get your plant back to its gorgeous self in no time!
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