Q: Why are the leaves of my plants turning yellow?

A: There are several factors that can cause a plant to yellow. The two most basic are related to basic needs of the plant – light and water.

The green pigment present in plants is called chlorophyll. When there is inadequate sunlight, the chlorophyll fades away and the leaves yellow.

Too much water can also cause yellowing. If you have overwatered your plant, its internal system starts to shut down and it cannot transport nutrients to the leaves. Chlorophyll production is affected causing loss of color.

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