Drooping Leaves

Drooping Leaves

WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN

There are a number of reasons why your plant might show the symptom of drooping leaves. The most common causes include a watering imbalance - either overwatering or underwatering - exposure to cold draft or exposure to too much light.

Your plant's leaves are usually held upright by water tension - this is the same phenomenon that allows objects to float on water. It keeps leaves firm and strong despite the force of gravity trying to pull them down. However, when your plant is unhappy and its natural balance gets disrupted, a result can be that this water tension is lost and its leaves become weak and floppy.

Drooping Leaves

There is a slight difference between a wilting plant and a drooping plant. Drooping can occur without any additional symptoms, however, when a plant is wilting it may also show signs of leaf damage (such as drying or browning) or discoloration such as yellowing of the leaves. The exact symptoms that show will depend on the cause of the problem.

If the drooping leaves are accompanied by crisp, dry foliage and browning then this could well be a sign that your plant has gotten too hot and may also be being underwatered.

On the other hand, yellowing leaves in conjunction with drooping are a typical sign that your plant is getting too much water.

If your plant is just drooping without showing any other symptoms, often it just needs a bit of water to help it perk up and it will soon look back to normal! Just always make sure to check the soil first before watering again.

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Note though that drooping leaves aren't always a sign of trouble! Some plants naturally start to droop with age - evergreens in particular can be prone to this. Other plants tend to have somewhat droopy-looking leaves even when they're totally healthy, especially when compared to the plump, firm leaves of succulent-type plants.

Try to learn what is 'normal' for your plants so that you can act quickly if something suddenly changes and they start to look unhappy. Taking regular pictures of your plants as part of the 'Progress Update' in Planta is a great way to keep track of any changes in your plant over time!