Top 5 Most Common Houseplant Issues. Causes and Solutions

Houseplants are a popular way to bring a touch of nature indoors, but they often come with their own set of challenges. In this guide, we'll explore the top five most common issues that plant enthusiasts encounter with their indoor greenery. From the yellowing of leaves to the dreaded overwatering, we'll delve into the causes of these problems and provide practical solutions to ensure your houseplants not only survive but thrive. 

1. Yellowing Leaves
   - Cause: This can be due to overwatering, poor drainage, or a lack of nutrients.
   - Fix: Ensure the plant is not sitting in water, improve drainage, and consider adjusting watering habits. If the problem persists, check for nutrient deficiencies and amend the soil as needed. Using Hormex Vitamin B1 & Hormone Concentrate as part of your feeding program will help prevent yellowing leaves and reduce overall plant stress.

2. Brown Leaf Tips
   - Cause: Often caused by dry air, under-watering, or over-fertilization.
   - Fix: Increase humidity around the plant, ensure consistent watering (avoiding both over and under-watering), and be cautious with fertilizer use. Trim the brown tips to improve the plant's appearance. 

3. Wilting
   - Cause: This is commonly due to either under-watering or overwatering.
   - Fix: Check the soil moisture level. If it's dry, add 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) of Hormex Liquid to at least 32oz of water and water the plant thoroughly. If it's soggy, allow it to dry out before watering again. Ensure good drainage to prevent root rot. 

4. Pests
   - Cause: Common pests include spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs, often thriving in dry or poor conditions.
   - Fix: Isolate the affected plant, remove pests manually or use a gentle insecticidal soap or neem oil. Regularly inspect plants for early signs of infestation and maintain healthy growing conditions to prevent pests.

5. Leggy Growth or Lack of Blooming
   - Cause: Insufficient light is a common culprit for spindly growth or a lack of flowers.
   - Fix: Move the plant to a location with more appropriate lighting. For flowering plants, ensure they are getting enough light and consider if they require a specific light cycle to bloom. Prune leggy growth to encourage fuller, healthier growth.

Remember, each plant has its unique requirements, and the specific needs can vary based on the plant type and your home environment. Regular observation and timely adjustments are key to successful houseplant care.