Many plants will drop leaves when you first bring them home because they are adjusting to their new surroundings. Try not to panic and fuss over the plant. Don't prune or feed your plants just yet and don't over water. Let the plant rest. Make sure it's getting as much light as it needs and check its humidity and temperature requirements. The air is very dry indoors, when the heat is on.
If you can make your new plant feel at home, you should start to see new leaves emerging within 2-4 weeks. Start watering regularly at this point, but don't rush to feed it until the tender new begins starts to harden off.
Remember, all plants lose leaves at some point, especially older leaves. But if you notice sudden, substantial leaf drop, check these possible culprits:
- Too much or too little water.
- Low humidity. (Usually occurs with a change in environment)
- Pot bound plants will often drop their older leaves as new ones appear.
- A sudden chill or persistent draft or blast of heat.
- Leaves damaged by insects or disease.
Once you've identified the problem and fixed it, give your plant some time to recover on its own.
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