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Abutilon, also known as the Indian mallow, is usually an awesome decoration in many home gardens. The main reasons why most people prefer it is due to its bright flowers, the rich green foliage, and also the aura of mysteries that are usually inspired by beliefs. Abutilon leaves turning yellow is a common problem. In this article, you will learn the common causes of yellow abutilon leaves.
The yellow leaves show that the nutrient intake is not correct. Overwatering, lack of water, high temperature, insufficient lighting, high pH in soil, and nutrient deficiency, and the shock of transplants are also several other causes. Therefore, before fixing the abutilon leaf yellowing, it is important to identify the exact cause.
Reasons why the Abutilon leaves may turn yellow
1) Overwatering the leaves
Unfortunately, most indoor gardeners end up making mistakes when watering their leaves. The most common occurrence is overwatering the leaves. This can lead to waterlogging of the soil and the development of a dangerous disease called root rot. Root rot holds the intake of nutrients, and abutilon leaves begin to turn yellow.
The conditions for wet and moist fungal diseases are favorable. Fungal agents cause root rot, and saving the infected plant is very difficult. However, you may be able to save your Abutilon from death if you identify it before it is too late.
To spot these signs, you need to check your green pet and carefully observe any changes regularly. The following is the major sign.
The Abutilon leaves start fading and begin to turn yellow. This happens in the initial water logging stages. Even the most skilled gardeners think that the plant, therefore, indicates that the soil lacks humidity to start to water it even more. However, to avoid confusion, you should always keep in mind that if there is inadequate water for your leaves or a lack of water, the tips of the leaf will dry first.
How to fix:
a) Find ways on how you can drain the soil
Try to drain all the humidity from the ground first. Many gardeners say that transplanting the plant with a dry substratum into a new container is the first thing. However, remember that a process like this can become fatal for a diseased plant. It would help if you, therefore, tried all means possible to drain your soil.
b) You need to transplant your Abutilon to another substrate
It is important not only to remove the entire soil but also parts of the root system infected with root rot. You should also choose a new container to plant or use boiling water to treat the old. You can treat it with growth stimulants to accelerate root growth.
Check that you add a substrate to make the abutilon roots more breathable. For example, you can use peat or sawdust. However, be careful not to water the soil for several weeks after transplanting. Moreover, special care should be taken for your Abutilon.
c) Care for the plant properly
You should start watering the soil after the topsoil has completely dried, as advised by most experts. However, this should keenly be done in small portions. You should not apply fertilizers within two to three months. The entry of a plant into the flowering stage may be an exception.
2) Inadequate water
Abutilon requires plenty of watering in the warm season. However, you don’t have to wait until the soil’s surface in the pot starts to dry up. Lack of water may lead to the loss of buds in the summer, and the entire plant is unimpressed by the death of some roots. As with other crops, Abutilon needs sufficient water to maintain physiological processes.
It will start showing symptoms of yielding the leaves if your Abutilon does not receive enough water. Yellowing and shedding leaves is a mechanism to protect plants from water stress. This reduces the number of leaves your Abutilon tries to save water. More leaves lead to increased transpiration.
How to fix this problem:
It is necessary to water moderately and frequently to restore your Abutilon and return its old green charm to its leaves. You can check the plant and the soil for water requirements. You must ensure that the root system receives regular water supplies. When the topsoil begins to dry, water your Abutilon.
3) Fluctuation of the temperature
Abutilon has a comfortable indoor temperature range. However, it responds by yellowing the leaves if you don’t ensure the proper temperature. In summer, the optimal abutilon temperature level is 22°C/71, 6°F to 25°C/77°F. In winter, 12°C (53.6°F) to 15°C (59°F) should be maintained. If the thermometer drops below 12°C, the abutilon leaves may become yellow.
How to fix temperature fluctuation:
- Changing temperature for indoor Abutilon is very important. Don’t keep your facilities where the air conditioner directly flows cold.
- Frozen drafts can seriously damage Abutilon. Stay away from the cold window drawn by your Abutilon. During winter, your plant also withers and turns yellow by the direct flow of the radiator.
4) Insufficient or inadequate light
Light shortage is one of the common causes of yellowing abutilon leaves. However, the leaf may be green because chlorophyll is present. Plants harvest sunlight to make food by photosynthesis. Chlorophyll plays the leading role in light-based photosynthesis.
Chlorophyll begins to degrade if you cannot guarantee enough light for your Abutilon. The Abutilon leaves, therefore, turn yellow.
Fixing the problem of insufficient light:
- You need to consider changing the position of your Abutilon if it is in the dark or not getting enough light. Set the plant in a spot where indirect sunlight is sufficient.
- You should shade your Abutilon for a few days when you put it in an open place for light. It will eventually adjust to the changing climate. Recall that direct sunlight causes the leaves to sunburn.
- Also, consider using artificial lights for your Abutilon if your apartment does not get sufficient sunlight. The plant can do photosynthesis without problems in artificial light.
5) High soil pH
Abutilon likes somewhat acidic soil. If you have an alkaline or high pH of your Abutilon potting mix, your plant leaves may become yellow.
Alkaline soil is not available as nutrients, so critical nutrients such as iron, manganese, and zinc are not available in high-pH plants.
How to fix:
For better development and growth, maintaining the desired soil pH for Abutilon is important. Plants are happy in slightly acidic soil (under pH 7.0) because the essential nutrients of the soil can be consumed in this range of pH plants.
6) Lack of nutrients
For growth and development, the plant needs micronutrients. If these nutrients are lacking, then your plant shows symptoms such as leaf yellowing.
How to fix:
You should fix this problem by making sure that your plant gets sufficient nutrients. The nutrients include; iron, zinc, magnesium, nitrogen, and sulfur.
Your abutilon leaf tips will dry first if there is a shortage of water. So keep it in mind always to save your plant. The difference between a nitrogen-chlorosis leaf and an old leaf is that yellowing is uniform with aging. So first, the leaf veins stay green, and lastly, before they fall out, they turn yellow.
Besides the yellowing of the leaves, you can also find leaf spots. First young leaves grow small with yellow dots and then gain a faded yellowish color when they lack zinc. Always remember that not all plants can be transplanted. Abutilon may thrive by dung if the humidity in winter is low.