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Green lily losing leaves? The reason may be too little light

2023-12-04T09:06:39.555Z

Highlights: Green lily losing leaves? The reason may be too little light. Heating air and lack of light can lead to leaf loss in the green lily. Here's what you can do about it. The five most common causes of leaf loss are: watering, drafts, lack of nutrients, stress-related leaf loss and repotting. You can find even more exciting gardening topics in the regular newsletter of our partner 24garten.de. Follow us on Twitter @24garten and @Garden24Garden.



Status: 04.12.2023, 10:00 a.m.

By: Joana Lück

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Especially in winter, houseplants don't have it easy. Heating air and lack of light can lead to leaf loss in the green lily. Here's what you can do about it.

The green lily (Chlorophytum comosum) is a popular houseplant because it is considered an extremely low-maintenance plant. It is also known to filter pollutants from the air. Finally, it also looks pretty and, thanks to its long leaves, is also suitable as a hanging basket plant.

The five most common causes

Green lilies need sufficient light. © vvoennyy/Imago

The green to green-yellow leaves with their characteristic white stripe in the middle make up the green lily. But when the plant loses its leaves, it's annoying. If this happens, it can have the following causes:

  • Water requirements: Green lilies need regular, but not excessive, watering. If the soil is too dry or too wet, it can lead to leaf loss. It's important to keep an eye on soil moisture and make sure the plant doesn't dry out or stand in water.
  • Lack of light: Although green lilies are considered easy to care for, they still need sufficient light. If the plant doesn't get enough light, older leaves can turn yellow and fall off. Make sure the plant receives enough indirect light to grow healthily. Too much sun, on the other hand, can cause the leaves to fade.

You can find even more exciting gardening topics in the regular newsletter of our partner 24garten.de.

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  • Draft: Green lilies don't like drafts. If the plant is in a place where there is frequent draught, it can cause stress and cause leaf loss. Heating air is also counterproductive.
  • Nutrient deficiencies: A lack of essential nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus or potassium can lead to poor plant growth and leaf loss. Therefore, fertilize the green lily regularly with a balanced fertilizer to ensure that it receives the necessary nutrients.
  • Repotting: In some cases, stress-related leaf loss may occur when the plant is repotted. This is usually temporary, and the plant should recover once it has adapted to the new pot and soil.


This article was created with the help of machine support and carefully reviewed by editor Joana Lück before publication.

Source: merkur

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