Posted 10M ago by @McAndRoj

Lightening leaves on lemon plan

Hello! I’ve noticed that my lemon plant has some leaves that are getting lighter. Is this related to over watering doughy stress or nutrient deficiency?
It sat out in the heat for a few days while I was away over the weekend and then it got a good watering between my watering schedule and some torrential downpour. Just wondering if there’s anything I should be worried about.
7” pot with drainage
Last watered 1 month ago
@McAndRoj Lightening leaves on your lemon plant can be a sign of a few different things. overwatering: too much water can lead to leaves turning lighter or even yellow. It's possible that the combination of rain and your watering schedule might have caused a bit of overhydration.
Sun Stress: The plant being exposed to intense sunlight after a few days of being away could contribute to lighter leaves. Lemon plants love sun, but sudden shifts in light exposure can sometimes stress them out.
Nutrient Deficiency: Lighter leaves could be a sign that your lemon plant needs a bit more nutrients, particularly nitrogen. This can sometimes cause leaves to become paler.
Considering the factors you mentioned – the exposure to heat, fluctuating watering, and potentially nutrient needs – it might be a mix of these things causing the change in leaf color.

Here's what you can do:

Ensure your watering routine allows the soil to dry out slightly between waterings.
Monitor the plant's exposure to sunlight. Gradually introduce it to brighter light if it's been indoors or shaded.
Consider giving your lemon plant a balanced liquid fertilizer to provide the necessary nutrients.
Keep an eye on how the plant responds over the next couple of weeks. If the lightening continues or worsens, you might want to investigate further and potentially adjust your care routine. Remember, plants can sometimes bounce back with a little love and attention!