Sudden Plant Death: Reasons A Houseplant Is Turning Brown And Dying

Why Are My Plants Dying?

In general, it’s because there are too many pests or diseases attacking your houseplants. There are several reasons why your indoor plants might die suddenly. Some of them include:

1) Over watering Your Plants – Too much water may cause the roots to rot and die.

You need to keep the soil moist but not soaking wet. If you over water your plants, they will eventually die from lack of moisture.

2) Insects – Many insects like to eat plant parts such as leaves, stems and flowers.

They do this by chewing their way into the tissue and sucking out all the nutrients and vitamins inside. Once these pests have eaten everything edible in your plants, they then go back to feeding on other plants in your garden which causes even more damage.

3) Excessive Light – Too much light can also kill your houseplants.

While some plants like cacti and succulents grow well under bright lights, most others don’t like it at all. Keep the room where you keep your houseplants dark when possible so that no light enters the room.

4) Temperature Changes – When temperatures change, so does the air pressure in a closed space.

This causes the water inside plant cells to expand or contract which can lead to cell damage or death. When moving plants from one place to another, make sure to keep them cool by placing them in the shade.

5) Poor Soil – The type of soil you use can affect how your plant grows.

Using cheap soil from a bag may cause your plants to become sickly. Instead, use organic compost mixed with sand and loam for healthy plants.

6) Lack of Fertilizer – Some houseplants don’t need a lot of food, while others need a little boost every now and then.

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Make sure to give your plants a little fertilizer every now and then to keep them healthy and strong. Just remember, too much of anything is bad for you, so don’t overdo the feeding!

7) Lack of Air – Plants love fresh air and just breathing it in makes us feel good too.

When plants don’t get enough air, they start to suffocate and will eventually die. Just like people, if they don’t get enough fresh air, they’ll start to turn a sickly colour and wilt…

Now that you know the most common reasons why your houseplants may be dying, go out and get to work reviving your sickly specimens!

You can also look here: Why Are My Outdoor Plants Dying?

– Causes and fixes

In the next post we will discuss how to revive a dying plant.

If you want to add anything to this post please comment here and let us know. We also welcome questions about your sick house plants.

Sources & references used in this article:

Plant Disease Control House Plant Troubles by EH Lloyd – 1975 –

Causation by omission: A dilemma by S McGrath – Philosophical Studies, 2005 – Springer

Houseplants: Proper Care and Management of Pest Problems by V Peerless – 2017 – Dorling Kindersley Ltd

An introduction to plant diseases by JJ Knodel, K Kinzer, R Smith – 2009 –

Rose diseases: Their causes and control by BC Wolverton – 2020 – Spring

Interior Plants: Selection and Care by DG Hessayon – 1996 – Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

Indoor Plants by DL Clement – Retrieved May, 1995 –



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