Signs Your Slowing Saplings Need Some TLC

Without a natural green thumb, keeping your potted yucca and dangling English ivy alive is more a challenge than it is a pleasure. Even worse, unlike a pet, your beloved plant can’t sound off when it needs more attention. However, by keeping track of these signals and manifestations, greening up your household is easy—and your flowering plants will thank you with a few stunning buds!

1. Slowing Growth

You planted your seeds a month ago, yet aren’t seeing any promising sprouts. If this is the case, you’ll likely have to—literally—nip the problem in the bud and start over. On the other hand, if your crop is developing leaves but isn’t showing any signs of growing, it may need a little more light. 

2. Yellowing Leaves

A plant with yellowing leaves typically indicates that it’s starving for some fertiliser. A soil nutrient enhancer may do the trick, but if its leaves are also snapping off, it might indicate root rot. 

Check if your roots are soft, brown, and soppy. Root rot occurs when there is too much moisture and can be eliminated by pruning away dead roots and replanting in drier conditions.

3. Wilting

Wilting leaves don’t always make for a dying plant—but it isn’t something you should overlook. If upon inspection, the soil is dry and roots appear fine, your plant is probably thirsty. If watering your plant doesn’t improve its condition, evaluate it for root rot. 

4. Crisping

Crisping occurs when leaf tips begin to brown and usually indicate a water problem. It could be that you’re watering your plant too infrequently, too much, or not evenly enough. In some cases, its roots may need more space to absorb the water more efficiently, which may require a little replanting. 

5. Brown Spots

Heat and light problems can cause brown spots from burning and simply mean your plant is too close to its light source or receiving too much sunlight. Move your pot farther from the light or into a shadier spot. 

6. Scabbing

Scabs on plants appear brown, black, or grey. No matter how inconspicuous, these spots act as distress signals for fungal disease. If so, separate the infected plant from healthy ones, prune the affected areas, and treat them with an antifungal solution. 

7. Exposed Roots

If your plant’s roots are peeking out of the top of the soil, it may be root bound or lacking room. Transfer your plant to a bigger pot to prevent choking it. 

8. Shrivelling Flower Buds

Nothing is more exciting to a rookie plant parent than when flowers begin to bud. However, if they’re falling off before they blossom, you could be facing a case of bud blast. Bud blast is not uncommon, with potential culprits being sudden temperature changes, humidity, improper watering, or inadequate lighting. 

9. Dropping Leaves

Leaf dropping isn’t typically anything to worry about unless it’s occurring in excess. Move your plant to a warmer spot and reduce its water if it appears to be suffering from cold. 

10. Unrecognisable Dust

Mystery dust means your plant likely has visitors in the form of pests. Various types of dust indicate the presence of specific vermin. For instance, black soot means aphids, while white dust means whiteflies. Isolate your crop, rinse off the insects, and use insecticidal soap. 


Keeping your houseplants in tip-top shape doesn’t have to be difficult if you know what to look out for. When it comes to indoor greens, a little attention goes a long way. 

Provide your saplings with the best plant food and natural enhancers from Moonshine Global. Our biostimulants work to promote impressive plant growth by considering each part of your plant.