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Why are the leaves on my Homalomena drooping?

It can be alarming to notice sudden dramatic leaf drooping on your plant. If your Homalomena looked great yesterday, but today looks sad and limp, don’t be alarmed! This is almost always totally normal, and easily fixed.

Incredibly dry soil

Your Homalomena likes to dry out 50-75% between watering, however if you accidentally let your plant’s soil dry out completely for an extended period of time, you may see leaves go limp, droop, and possibly start to brown. If the soil is extremely dry all the way through the pot, a thorough soak is in order. 

Here’s how to soak-water your Homalomena:

Place your plant in your sink or tub without the saucer. Fill your basin up with about 3-4″ of lukewarm water. Make sure the water isn’t hot! 

Allow your plant to soak up water through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot for at least 45 min. 

Feel the top of the soil after your plant has been soaking–has the water reached the top 2-3” of soil?

If not all the soil feels saturated, water your Homalolema slightly from the top of the soil to help speed up the saturation.

When your plant’s soil is evenly damp, drain the sink/tub and allow the plant to rest while it drains thoroughly. Place the plant back on its saucer and back in its proper spot. 

Not enough humidity

Your Homalomena will thrive in a more humid environment. Increase the humidity around your plant by misting the leaves on a regular basis, using a pebble tray, or moving a humidifier nearby.

Need more help?

We're confident your Homalomena Emerald Gem will be back to normal in no-time, but if you've followed the steps above and things just aren't improving you can contact us here.