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Question: I have 2 corn plants.They are about 3 feet out of the pot and they are in a pot about 5 gallon size.They get plenty of sunlight my living room faces the south,I have 2 skylights also.The plants were doing well until 3 weeks ago now they are turning yellow and have stopped growing.

Answer: Rick,

When corn plant leaves turn yellow that way, it is usually due to a soil moisture problem. Soggy wet soil, even for a short time, excludes oxygen and results in root death and decay. Dry soil also damages roots and can be followed by yellowing leaves. Sometimes changes in a plant's location and therefore its temperature and sunlight exposure can significantly change the amount of water a plant uses.

Watch the watering and they should bounce back in a few weeks. I like to feel the soil an inch or two below the surface as a gauge to watering. When it no longer feels moist, it should be time to water again.

Thanks for the question and good luck with your corn plant. Please feel free to stop in again with another question any time we can help!

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