6 Things Your Plant's Leaves Are Trying to Tell You

Yellow at the edges? Put away the watering can, please.

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No, it can't talk. But that doesn't mean your plant isn't communicating with you.

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The plant is: Thirsty.

Give greenery a new lease on life by watering until the soil is moist, but not saturated. Liza Wheeler, plant expert and blogger at , points out that there's often a lag between the problem at hand and leaves changing color – but that doesn't mean you can't fix the issue.

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They're absent

The plant is: Thirsty.

"Underwatered plants won't put out new growth," Wheeler says. If your plant is looking a little on the skimpy side, or hasn't changed much since you bought it, you might need to water more often.

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The plant is: Overwatered.

Tovah Martin, garden expert and author of , attributes the sudden ombre look to overwatering. "Water less frequently, but don't withhold water entirely," she says. Obviously, your plant still needs a drink, but it doesn't need to be flooded.

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They're misshapen or discolored

The plant is: Overwatered.

"Overwatering is the number one killer of houseplants," Wheeler says. It's not just a heavy-handed approach to the watering can that does it, either. Check to make sure that your plant pot has adequate drainage. A repurposed vessel that doesn't have holes in the bottom might mean too much water is holed up inside.

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The plant is: Hungry.

"You should perhaps provide more frequent fertilizer," Martin says. For instance, if you noticed the leaves of a gardenia (like this one) looking pale, it might .

Martin also suggests graduating the plant to a larger container when you spot paleness. But the promotions should be gradual (increase the container size by two inches at a time), so curb your enthusiasm.

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The plant is: Dying for some sunlight.

Just like how office workers get weird from a lack of natural light, so do sun-loving plants (like this wobbly tomato seedling on ).

Martin says to relocate the pot to a sunny window, stat. If you've been cursed with a lack of a view, it might be time to gift the sun-starved plant to an understanding friend.

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