Ask a Question forum: Selloum leaves turning yellow

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Queens, new york
Loconne3
Mar 22, 2018 8:26 AM CST
My selloum plant leaves are beginning to yellow but I only water it every 10 days. It gets lots of light from a south east facing window that it sits directly below. Much of the plant leans towards the ground and I'm wondering if it's not receiving enough light or if maybe it's not getting enough nutrients in the soil. Please help me identify the problem!
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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Mar 22, 2018 12:16 PM CST
Probably, the radiator.
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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WillC
Mar 22, 2018 12:25 PM CST
Some questions for you, my fellow Queens resident:

1. Are the sheers usually open or closed during the day?
2. When you water, how much do you give it?
3. Does the pot have a drain hole?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
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Queens, new york
Loconne3
Mar 22, 2018 12:56 PM CST
The sheers are always open and when I water it it's about 2-3 cups. The pot does have a drainage hole it's terra cotta dropped into a ceramic bowl. The radiators are on but not fully opened as the room gets too hot that way and assumed it was far enough away. I read that these plants are found in South Africa and hoped it would survive in my warm apartment.
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Professional indoor plant consultan
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WillC
Mar 22, 2018 1:59 PM CST
The light and temperature are fine and there is no reason to suspect a nutrient deficiency.

You are allowing it to get too dry. It is very unlikely 3 cups of water is sufficient to last for 10 days.

I suggest that you water it as soon as the top half-inch of soil feels dry. Then, pour water in slowly until all of the soil is saturated and a bit of water starts to run through the drain hole in the terracotta pot.

New leaves are very upright when they first emerge, but gradually start to droop as gravity takes hold. That is normal. Allowing the soil to get too dry will cause the leaf stems to droop more than usual.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

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