Fading leaves due to underfertilizing

Fading leaves due to underfertilizing

If your Chinese money plant’s leaves are showing discoloration, it’s often a sign that you need to check your fertilizing.

SIGNS TO LOOK OUT FOR

As a result of receiving too little fertilizer, Chinese money plants (or Pilea peperomioides) can begin to lose their rich green color, and instead fade to a lighter green or yellow color. Therefore, it’s possible that it will also start to show other signs of underfertilization, such as:

  • General weakening of the plant - leaving it more susceptible to disease and pest infestations

  • Stunted and/or irregular growth

However, note that chlorosis (yellowing of the leaves) is the most common characteristic symptom of this problem.

Underfertilized pilea

It may also be possible that it isn’t the amount of fertilizer that is the problem, but the type of fertilizer itself. These plants can sometimes be a little bit sensitive, and so you should make sure to use a fertilizer that is suited to green plants specifically. Always also make sure to dilute your liquid fertilizer in water correctly - if the solution is too strong, you can damage your plant, i.e. by burning its roots. Something to bear in mind is that it’s much easier to revive an underfertilized plant than an overfertilized one, so while it may be tempting to try to balance out a nutrient deficiency by applying large amounts of fertilizer to your Pilea, this will do more harm than good.

WHAT TO DO NOW

Firstly, make sure to check your fertilization schedule for your Pilea to see if maybe you’ve missed some fertilizing tasks, or if perhaps you need to make the schedule more frequent (you can do this using a custom schedule). You can take a look at your plant’s History tab to get an idea of how often it has been fertilized over the last few months.

Then, just follow the fertilization schedule and try to make sure not to miss or delay any tasks. Keep an eye on your Pilea over the next few weeks to see if any changes or additional symptoms show up, as this could perhaps be indicative of a different problem. Using Planta’s Progress Update feature will provide you with an easy way to track how it seems to be progressing - hopefully you’ll start to see the leaves returning to a healthier green color soon enough.