Why do leaves turn yellow on my African Violet plants and how to prevent it?

Why do leaves turn yellow on my African Violet plants and how to prevent it?

The main reasons are:

  • Normal growth: As the plant grows, some of the older leaves on the outer ring will turn yellow and it’s time to remove them as part of routine grooming the plant.
  • Water deficiency: the soil is too dry, which also leads to limp yellow leaves.
  • Root deficiency: the plant is outgrowing its pot, tell-tale signs; roots are growing out from below and sticking out above the soil. It’s time to re-pot the violet.
  • Nutrient deficiency: plant is sitting in old soil, time to re-pot in fresh soil, keep pot-size the same.
  • Nutrient deficiency: Yellow leaves on the top part of the plant may be due to lack of fertilizer, time to fertilize the plant.
  • Light deficiency: If the plant is sitting in a dark corner or is not getting enough light, it can lead to yellowing leaves. This first begins in the lower ring of leaves.
  • Cold drafts: If the plant is continuously experiencing a cold draft (like near an open window or AC vent), then leaves will turn yellow and start to become limp/mushy.
  • Infection/disease: If yellowing occurs in patches or blotches on all leaves it may be a sign of disease or insects/pests.
  • Other reasons: overwatering, intense light or overfeeding.

Why do you have to remove the yellowing leaves from African Violet plants?

  • To maintain a healthy plant it is important to remove yellow leaves.
  • If the yellow leaves are not removed it can affect the health of the entire plant.
  • The plant will spend energy in maintaining the health of the yellowed leaf which will deprive the rest of the plant of vital nutrients.
  • Yellow leaves can also make the plant appear extremely unsightly!!

What do yellow leaves on African Violet plants look like?

yellow leaves
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Events this month in July 2015

Events this month in July 2015:

  • Sacramento, CA, Capital City African Violet Society, Club Meeting, July 2nd
  • Urbana Champaign, IL, The Margaret Scott African Violet Society of Urbana Champaign, Club Meeting, July 11th
  • Austin/Round Rock, TX – First Austin African Violet Society, Summer Social, July 11th
  • Milford, OH, Cininnati African Violet Society, Judging School, July 11th
  • Des Moines, IA, Evening African Violet Club of Des Moines, Club Meeting, July 9th
  • Orlando, FL, The Central Florida African Violet Society, Club Meeting, July 15th
  • Burbank, CA, Burbank African Violet Society, Club Meeting, July 16th
  • Elwood, NJ, Southern New Jersey African Violet Club, Club Meeting, July 18th
  • Tucson, AZ, Tucson African Violet Society, Where your plants come from, meeting, July 18th
  • Columbus, OH, Columbus African Violet Society, Club meeting- Planning for 2016, July 27th
  • LaCanada Flintridge, CA, Montrose AVS, Club Meeting, July 22nd
  • San Francisco, CA, African Violet Society of San Francisco, Club Meeting, July 25th