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Why Do Plants Turn Light Green?

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Overview

Leaves on plants can turn from green to light green or yellow for a number of reasons, many of which are related to the care of the plant. But certain diseases or insects can also cause plants leaves to change color.

Age

All leaves or needles on a plant, evergreen or not, will eventually grow old and fall off. If you notice a few leaves here and there turning light green or yellow, then that's usually the case.

Overwatering

Overwatering a plant can cause leaves to turn pale green or yellow and then drop.

Moving Plant

Sometimes simply moving a plant can cause it stress. As the plant adjusts to its new place, it will make adjustments related to light and temperature. During this period the plant is likely to lose some of its color and leaves.

Temperature Changes

Shifts in temperature where the plant is can affect its color. If a plant is too hot or cold where it's located, its leaves may become lighter in color.

Nutrient Issues

Too much or too little fertilizer can drastically affect a plant. A nitrogen deficiency can also cause leaves to turn light green.

Insects and Disease

Insects feeding on a plant, either on its leaves or its roots, can cause leaves to turn light green, as can diseases common to the plant.

References

  • Master Gardener: Why Are My Plant's Leaves Turning Yellow ?
  • Meehan's Miniatures: FAQ
  • Plants Galore: Why Leaves Turn Yellow
Keywords: plant disease, yellow leaves, pale leaves, insect damage, plant problem

About this Author

Chris Meehan is an experienced writer and editor with more than nine years of professional experience. He served as a managing editor, covering green (sustainability) projects at colleges and universities, wrote specialized business-to-business newsletters, Google- and Bing-topping SEO (search-engine-optimized) Web content and communications materials for numerous organizations, both for-profit and non-profit.