Overwatered and underlit plant

Overwatered and underlit plant

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Why is this happening?

The correct lighting and watering routine are essential to the health of your plant. Plants require sufficient light to grow well, but it also affects how much water the plant uses. A plant placed in a brighter spot drinks more than the same plant placed in a darker area.


  • Yellowing leaves

  • Droopy leaves

  • Black, wet or dry spots

  • Yellow border to the healthy tissue

  • Root rot

  • Stunted or etiolated pale growth

  • Stems starts do die off

Overwatering Dracaena Yellow Leaves

What to do know

  • Check the light recommendations for each plant in Planta. If you’re not sure what the light conditions of your sites are, you can use the Light Meter to measure this

  • Consider moving it to a brighter spot, or put it under grow lights. Acclimate it to brighter conditions slowly, so you don't risk scorching the leaves

  • Check watering schedule to ensure your plant is receiving the appropriate frequency of water

  • Remove collected water in outer pot or tray after you have watered your plants

  • Check drainage. If your pot does not have holes, consider repotting it

  • Control the soil you are using to ensure it is well-aerated and not too compacted. You can find all the recommended soil types for each one of your plants in Planta

  • Make sure the pot isn't too tight against the nursery pot. As this can close off the air circulation and cause root rot

Watering Plants in Window

Common questions

Is this a common issue?

An imbalance in water and light is often diagnosed when people encounter issues with their plants.

Can I move my plant to full sun?

Yes, if the plant can handle full sun exposure. However, it's advisable to acclimate it gradually to avoid risking leaf scorching.

Why is my plant draining water slowly?

If you observe slow drainage despite having sufficient drainage holes in your pot, there may be an issue with the soil. Check the type of soil you are using, or consider manually aerating it to prevent compaction.