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Why is my False Threadleaf Aralia dropping leaves?

It can be very discouraging to see your plant dropping leaves. Most of the time leaf-drop is totally normal, but occasionally something bigger is at play. Here are some issues that might be causing the leaves on your False Threadleaf Aralia to drop.

Inconsistent soil moisture

False Aralias like to have consistently moist soil, but be sure to not over or underwater your plant. Be sure that your watering schedule is consistent–water when the top inch of the soil is dry. Water when 50% of the soil volume is dry. Always check the soil moisture before watering. Water thoroughly until you see water in the saucer and dump the excess water.

If you accidentally let your Threadleaf Aralia’s soil dry out completely, you may need to soak it in the sink or tub to rehydrate the soil properly. Keep in mind that when the soil goes from bone-dry to saturated, it can cause stress for your Aralia and cause leaves to drop.

Not enough humidity

Your False Aralia will thrive in slightly more humid environments. Increase the humidity around your plant by using a pebble tray, or moving a humidifier nearby.

Was the plant just moved, shipped or otherwise shocked?

Generally, houseplants don’t like change. They can be cranky for a few days or even a few weeks after they arrive at your home, or after a move to a new location within your home. Give your plant some time and it will likely recover by itself if all other care requirements are being met.

Is it getting enough sun?

Your False Threadleaf Aralia prefers a sunny spot. If it’s placed in an area without adequate light, it will start to shed leaves.

Most of all, be patient!

Let nature take its course – if you’re seeing new growth, keep doing what you’re doing!

Need more help?

We're confident your False Threadleaf Aralia 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.