The Q&A Archives: Why is my corn plant leaves turning yellow?

Question: I bought a 14

Answer: Although it is distressing to you to see your plants look unhappy, I think the problem is temporary and the plants will recover. Anytime you bring houseplants home they go through an adjustment period because conditions in your home are not exactly like the conditions were in the garden center or greenhouse where the plants had been growing. Light levels, humidity, temperature, and even watering practices are different than what they experienced before. It can take 3-4 weeks for a corn plant to adjust to its new surroundings. Couple that with the fact that you divided and transplanted them and you can imagine that they are really going through some stress. They should recover in time. Make sure they are not sitting in drafts from an outside door or from a heating vent, mist them occasionally to increase humidity, and water thoroughly but only when the top half-inch to inch of soil is dry. Droopy leaves can indicate transplant shock, but they can also indicate overly wet soils so be careful with your watering. Roots need oxygen as well as moisture and soggy soils can actually suffocate plant roots. At this point, simply leave the plants alone except for watering. In 3-4 weeks the roots will establish themselves and you will see new growth. When that happens, you can prune away any dead foliage. Best wishes with your new plants!

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