Tips For Keeping Your Houseplants Alive And Well

Nothing can liven up a dull indoor space like a nice houseplant. But if that houseplant starts to wilt, brown, or–perish the thought–die, your lovely sitting room may start to feel like a funeral parlor for plants. Keeping indoor plants can be a bit of challenge, but as long as you know how to read the signs and “listen” to what your plants are trying to tell you, keeping your houseplants alive and well doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are some common maladies that plague houseplants and how you can fix them.


If your houseplant is starting to wilt, it means that it’s not getting enough water. As a rule, early morning is the best time to water your houseplants, but if you’ve been on a weekend trip and come home to a truly rough looking plant, water it immediately.


If your houseplant is prone to browning leaves, it likely means that it isn’t getting enough humidity. If this is the case, simply putting a small humidifier near the plant will usually do the trick. You can also place your potted plant on a pebble tray and add water to the tray. Experiment with methods until you find what works.

Dropping leaves

If your houseplant has started to drop leaves, there’s a chance that it’s reacting to a sudden climate change. If you’ve recently moved its location or changed the amount of light it receives, your plant may just need some time to acclimate to its new environment.

Yellow leaves with brown spots

Yellowing leaves with brown spots is an indication that your plant is getting too much sun. Simply move your plant further away from the window or add some type of shade to the area and it should fix the issue.

Yellow leaves at the bottom of your plant

If you have more yellow leaves at the bottom of your plant than the top, it could be a sign that it’s not getting enough fertilizer. It can also mean that the leaves are just getting old and dying. Wait for them to turn brown and then prune them. If they grow back and quickly turn yellow again, it’s time to add some fertilizer.

Yellow leaves throughout

If your houseplant is just generally yellow, it usually means that you aren’t watering correctly–either too much or too little. Play around with how much you’re watering, and you should find the sweet spot fairly quickly.