NOTE: Yellow fritillary may be referred to as Fritillaria pudica in this article, in fact, those are the same plants, Fritillaria pudica is the botanical name for Yellow fritillary.
The Yellow Fritillaria pudica is a small perennial plant native to the sagebrush country and high plains of Western North America. Immediately after winter snows melt, yellow bells grow from small roots and flowers. A member of the lily family, this plant produces yellow, bell-shaped flowers that fade to brownish red after just a few days.
Growing only 4 to 12 inches tall, yellow fritillary is not an especially showy plant, but native plant enthusiasts may want to try growing it as a novelty. The plant dies back immediately after it blossoms.
Why does my Fritillaria pudica roots have rot?
Root rot on your Yellow fritillary (Fritillaria pudica) can be fatal if not treated with care. For this reason, we strongly recommend that you follow our guide to keep your plant alive if the symptoms occur: Root soft and blackened.
Why does my Yellow fritillary have gray mold spots?
A particular fungus that frequently affects flowers and spreads quickly is known as gray mold spots. This fungus is most likely to blame if you see any brown (or gray) spots. Don’t ignore these signs because doing so could cause your plant to die.
The solution is quite logical when you know the cause of the problem. Most of the time, it is due to overwater of the Fritillaria pudica. We advise you to remove the infected parts of the plant, cut off the infected roots and leaves, then repot your plant using sterile potting soil and a clean pot.
Why does my Yellow fritillary have leaf spots?
This type of disease is one of the most frustrating for Yellow fritillary owners, we give you all the leads to spot and save your plants that present symptoms such as leaves that suddenly change color, or wilt/droop.
Why are my Yellow fritillary leaves turning yellow?
In the world of horticulture, yellowing leaves are undoubtedly the most common problem. The two main causes of this problem are overwatering and a lack of nutrition.
When it’s overwatering, simply reduce your watering frequency, and if you think it’s a nutrient deficiency, here’s how to check it:
Each deficiency produces a different yellowing on the Fritillaria pudica in question, here’s how to spot them:
- The first symptom of a magnesium deficiency is yellow patches between leaf veins on elder leaves. The leaf’s core turns yellow while the veins stay green. The edges of the leaf yellow last.
- Iron deficiency also shows as yellowing between leaf veins, but it hits young leaves on plant tops and branch tips first.
- Sulfur shortage first affects the youngest leaves, turning them entirely yellow.
- Leaf edges turning bright yellow but inside leaf remaining green are signs of potassium insufficiency. The symptoms first appear on older leaves, and the leaf edges quickly become dark.
- A broad yellowing indicates a nitrogen deficiency. Yellowing starts with older, inner leaves. Yellowing spreads as it advances, eventually touching new leaves as well.
You only need to act in accordance with the symptoms listed above. You can address a potassium or nitrogen deficiency by buying a particular soil, and a gardening store consultant will be able to advise you on how to do that. Furthermore, you can also limit how frequently you water your plants.
Is my Yellow fritillary sunburned?
You can easily tell if your Yellow fritillary (your Fritillaria pudica) has a sunburn. In this case, your plant will change color, starting to turn yellow or white, much like it does on us.
As we saw above, the leaves of your Yellow fritillary can also change color if it receives too much water or insufficient light.
To find out if the yellow leaves have been sunburned, look at the part of the bottom that is tinted closer to the base. The yellow leaf is probably burnt and not something else if this portion stays greener.
Why are my Yellow fritillary leaves turning brown?
Most of the time, leaves of a Yellow fritillary that turn brown is a sign that your plant has been sunburned, it has probably been exposed to too much direct sunlight. Don’t panic, your plant probably won’t die from this, but its growth will take a hit.
Should I leave my Fritillaria pudica in direct sunlight?
No! If your Fritillaria pudica (or Yellow fritillary) has the symptoms described above, don’t leave it in direct sunlight, that’s the reason why your Yellow fritillary is in such a state!
The remedy, as said in the paragraph above, is simple: just move your plant’s Yellow fritillary out of direct sunlight. Your plant should swiftly re-grow with this strategy and appropriate watering.
Why are my Fritillaria pudica leaves drooping or wilting ?
In most cases, this happens when your Fritillaria pudica lacks water. This is especially the case for large plants, naturally they need more water than others.
You may quickly determine if your Fritillaria pudica plant needs water by under-weighing its pot; if it seems light, the soil and roots are probably fairly dry and require water.
If the soil in your plant’s pot is completely dry, you will need to start by moistening it so that the roots will also benefit from the water. A common mistake is to drown the Yellow fritillary right after a dry period thinking that it needs a lot of water.
This is true, but the easiest way to end it is to give too much water at once. Instead, you should water the soil properly, returning to a peaceful watering rhythm.
Caring Tips for Fritillaria pudica
Water is essential to the survival of your plant, however, it is important to balance the rate of watering. As we explained above, overwatering could have fatal consequences for your Fritillaria pudica.
Touching the soil will let you know whether your plant needs water or not; if it still feels damp, it’s generally best to wait a few more days.
Always keep temperatures stable
It’s also a good idea to keep your Fritillaria pudica at a constant temperature, especially if it’s kept indoors. In general, at GreenShack, we suggest booking a temperature between 65 and 85 degrees F. Of course, keep your Fritillaria pudica away from radiators, air conditioners, and other sources of hot or cold air.
Keep your Yellow fritillary Dust-Free
This one relates to indoor plants. Just like your furniture, dust collects on the leaves of your indoor plants. The issue is that this can block the photosynthesis process from starting, which would cause the plants to gradually lose their color.
This would be a true journey into hell for your Yellow fritillary and would also satisfy the pests.
To remove the dust from the leaves of your plant, take a microfiber cloth and gently rub the leaves. You can wet the cloth to make it easier to remove the dust, but never use corrosive products (such as rubbing alcohol!)
Keep drainage in mind
If you tend to overwater, you need to pay attention to your drainage, and we advise choosing a saucer and a pot with drainage holes if they are not already there.
If your pots don’t already have holes in them, you can add volcanic rocks (or any other pebbles with holes) to the bottom of your pot in the meantime. This will assist in creating a channel and keep the water from pooling there for an extended period of time, protecting the roots from decay.