Why Are My Plants Drooping? 11 Possible Reasons

by | Last updated May 20, 2022

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Why are your plants drooping? Most of the time a plant may wilt or droop because they are underwatered. However, there are many other reasons like overwatering, root rot, transplant shock, and pests that can all create drooping and wilted leaves.

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Houseplants add beautiful color, life, and texture to the interior of the house. Continue reading to know the seven reasons why your houseplants are wilting, along with some tips on how to keep them alive.

11 Reasons Why Your Plants Are Drooping

Below are seven reasons why your plants are drooping:

1. Sunlight

Sunlight affects your plants in various ways. Both a lack of and an excess of direct sunlight might harm your plant.

2. Not Enough Sunlight

Lack of sunlight will restrict your plant’s development because photosynthesis supplies the energy it needs for growth. You should move your plant to a place where it receives enough sunlight. If you do not have enough sunlight, look into adding grow lights to your home.

3. Too Much Sunlight

Note that too much sunlight might also harm your plant. It might lead to the dehydration of the plant to an extent where it lacks the necessary water for development and photosynthesis. Therefore, your plant should be placed in such a way that it gets sufficient sunlight.

4. Underwatering

Underwatering is another reason why your plants may be drooping. Wilting is a classic sign that your plant is dehydrated. When a plant gets little water, its turgor, or rigidity in tissues and cells, is compromised.

Check the soil – if it is dry, then you know what the problem is. Your plant needs water.

The tips and corners of leaves drying out and turning brown is another sign that your plant isn’t getting enough water. Eventually, the entire leaf will turn brown and die.

5. Overwatering

Just like underwatering, too much water can also cause damage to the plant. 

Overwatering removes vital nutrients from the soil. Make sure you know how much water your plants require. Overwatering a plant hinders appropriate drainage, which can eventually result in root rot. Root rot is a condition in which the roots become soggy and brownish-black caused by a lack of oxygen. 

Root rot can lead to root hypoxia, bacterial growth, and even root death. When the roots are unable to supply water to the xylem, the leaves droop owing to a lack of water.

6. Lack of Nutrients

Your plants need nutrients to grow and thrive. If you see any yellowing, know that your plants are starving, and they need nutrients, aka fertilizers. Potted plants require fertilizer on a regular basis since the nutrients in the soil diminish with time. 

Purchase some nice manure and fertilizers and use them on your plants, and you will see quite a change in them. Remember that fertilizers solely work to avoid nutritional deficits. Too much of them can irritate the plant’s roots and produce toxicity and chemical burn. 

Plants also benefit from a fresh start every now and then. Therefore homeowners should repot their plants with new soil at least once every year.

7. Pests

Pests that have infested your plant will drain all of the water from it. As a result, your houseplant’s leaves will droop due to a lack of water. Mealybugs, fungus gnats, common whitefly, thrips, and spider mites are some of the pests to watch out for. 

These are just a handful of the pests that might attack your plant, but they are the most prevalent.

There are two solutions to this:

  • Use of pesticides.
  • Bring the potted plant indoors for the next few days.

8. Shock From Temperature Changes

Shock From Temperature Changes
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It takes time for a plant to adjust to its new environment after it has been repotted. This is known as transplant shock, and it results in shriveled or drooping leaves. While it is inevitable in the majority of circumstances, there are solutions to prevent it. 

You should be careful when you move your plant from one place to another. Sudden changes in temperature or light may cause them to become shocked, resulting in the loss of leaves. 

If you intend to relocate houseplants indoors for the winter, begin by keeping them in the new area for a few hours before returning them to their original location. Slowly increase the amount of time the plant spends in the new spot until it is ready to make the whole move.

9. Excessive Heat

If you’re still wondering why your plant is drooping, it’s possible that your plant’s transpiration rate is too high. Plants are affected by high temperatures.

It makes them perspire. The plant’s higher water need causes the soil to dry out faster than usual. If you don’t keep up with the plant’s changing water requirements, it might result in wilting.

Like we already said, in addition to drying the plant, direct sunshine can burn the leaves.

10. Low Temperatures

Cold and low temperatures can harm the plant’s root system and leaves. Roots that have been damaged are unable to absorb properly, restricting the plant’s water intake and resulting in wilting and drooping.

11. Disease

Root rot, fungal and bacterium spots, mildew, and even a virus are all common plant illnesses. These diseases can create black dots on leaves, and if your plants are congested, they will spread quickly. 

Each condition requires a unique diagnosis and treatment. The majority of treatments will necessitate the isolation of the plant. The affected regions should then be chopped off or treated with fungicide medicine.

Tips to Keep Your Plants From Drooping

Tips to Keep Your Plants From Wilting
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Before you start adopting the following suggestions, you will have to make sure your wilted plant is still alive. Here’s a quick and easy way to do it.  Examine the stem. There’s still a chance if it’s solid and malleable. 

However, if the soil is wet, you must examine the roots next – see if it’s soggy and decaying. Check whether you can chop off the stem and start over if they’re still good. 

  • The most effective strategy to combat plant wilt is to maintain appropriate soil moisture while taking into account the plant’s kind and habitat.
  • With the right fertilizer, you can give your plant a nutritional boost. You don’t want to overdo it, so pay attention to the instructions.
  • Watering should not be done at night. Plants that are kept damp all night are prone to illness. 
  • It’s critical to water your plants correctly from the beginning and to ensure that they have adequate drainage.
  • Trim or remove decaying, brown leaves and dead stems as soon as you discover them, using pruning shears or scissors. Cutting the dying stems allows the healthy stem to receive the nutrients it requires to foster new growth and re-establish its viability.

Final Thoughts

You can go over the list to know and understand what’s wrong with your plant and how to revive it (i.e., if they are revivable). Since plants can’t speak, they use their appearance to express their problems to us. So make sure you understand what they require.

We hope this article has given you a better understanding of why your plants wilt and what you can do to help them recover.

Shelbi Clifford

Shelbi Clifford

Hi, I'm Shelbi! I am the founder of Houseplant Advisor - a blog for all things houseplants. Whether you are looking to add some green to your home or want to learn about how plants can help improve air quality in your space, Houseplant Advisor is here with the answers. Do you have any questions? Feel free to reach out and ask me anything!

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