Why the leaves of your houseplants curl: 5 common causes of this phenomenon

By Andrii MaistrenkoApr 28, 2024 08:30 AMGarden
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Why the leaves of your houseplants curl
Why the leaves of your houseplants curl. Source: www.plantsforallseasons.co.uk

Everyone loves flowering plants with lush green leaves of various shades and shapes. But it can happen that the leaves suddenly begin to curl and lose their natural appearance. This is an obvious sign of a violation of the processes of plant growth and development, which requires the closest attention.

SSPDaily writes, "To bring them back to normal, first find out the cause of the problem. Here are 5 factors that can cause your plants' leaves to curl."

Pests

Aphids or whiteflies can cause leaf deformation and curling. Both pests usually live on the underside or tips of the leaves. While aphids are easy to spot, whiteflies are difficult to detect due to their translucency.

You can get rid of insects with the help of insecticidal sprays or natural remedies made at home.

Excessive watering

Overwatering plants can lead to serious problems. In particular, root rot, as a result of which the leaves will begin to curl and the plant will die as a result.

Tip. When watering, follow a "less is more" approach and allow the topsoil to dry thoroughly before watering again.

Also, when planting in pots, choose containers with drainage holes and add a layer of gravel or stones to the base to provide better drainage.

Too much heat

Plants love warmth, but if there is too much of it, it can be bad for their health.

When the temperature rises sharply, the leaves curl up in a desperate attempt to conserve water lost through rapid evaporation. In this case, even regular watering will not be enough if the plant is losing water faster than it can get it.

Tip. Do not increase watering if the plant is too hot but rather place it in a cooler place.

Nitrogen deficiency

Nitrogen is a key component of chlorophyll, which is how plants convert sunlight into food. If your plant's leaves look unhealthy, it may indicate a lack of it.

To save them, regularly feed your plants with amino acids. They stimulate protein production, which increases the ability of the house flora to absorb and process nitrogen efficiently.

Viral infection

If you notice that the leaves of the plant are curling upward, this may be a sign of a viral infection, for which, unfortunately, there is no cure.

To prevent its spread, you need to remove the affected specimens and destroy them.

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