Even though plants don’t speak, they have way to communicate with you when they’re in trouble. Your plant is asking for your immediate help if its leaves start turning yellow which is a sign of root rot, an unfortunate common issue of over watering. When a plant is over watered and sits in soggy soil, fungal spores develop and begin to attack the roots. Unhealthy, dying roots are unable to absorb the necessary nutrients your plant needs to have a happy, healthy life and due to this issue literally starting at the roots, plant parents are unaware until its sadly too late.
At first sign of a yellowing leaf, immediately remove your plant from its base by turning it on its side and gently pulling it from its base to inspect the roots. If all the roots are brown and mushy, unfortunately the entire root system has been compromised and there’s no turning back for your plant however, if there are some healthy, white, firm roots, there is a chance you can nurse your plant back to its former glory. Gently clean the roots using running to remove all the dead, mushy roots and using sharp scissors, cut above the rotted area. Re-pot your plant using well-draining soil to avoid further damage. Water your plant only when the top two inches are dry and never pour more than 1/3 of the planters volume. With time and care, your plant child will be thanking you.