Why is my Orange Star Plant Dying

Why is my Orange Star Plant Dying? (And How To Fix It!)

Your Orange star plant is dying due to improper watering. Another common reason why the Orange star plant dies is when it’s root-bound.

The Orange star plant is also called the Star of Bethlehem or the Sunstar. It thrives in the US Zones 7 to 11. The plant produces clusters of orange-colored flowers.

Orange star plant drooping

Your Orange star plant is drooping because it didn’t get enough water (Underwatered). The same symptoms appear in the case of a root-bound plant too. 


It is well-known to gardeners that the Orange star plant easily gets root-bound. This is because the plant grows vigorously.

Root-bound plants are easy to identify. One can see the roots trying to come out of the pot vertically. The roots try to spread in all directions.

If the plant is root-bound, you may want to transplant your Orange star plant into a bigger pot. While doing this make sure you don’t injure the rootball.

Underwatered Orange star plant

Drooping in plants is a common sign when the plant gets less water than needed. The leaves become wilted and the plant looks like it’s dying.

Plants need enough water to absorb and transport minerals to different parts. If the plant doesn’t get enough water, its growth deters.

How often do you water an orange star plant?

I water my Orange star plant once or twice a week in spring and summer. One should water the plant less frequently in the fall season.

Water the plant deeply when you decide to do so. Water the plant only when the top 2-3 inches of the soil goes dry. This way you can make sure you’re not overwatering the plant.

In the fall season water the plant only when it looks wilted. Orange star plants are prone to root rot in the fall season.

So, it pays to water the plant consciously.

Orange star plant leaves turning yellow

Orange star plant yellows mainly due to improper watering. Both overwatering and underwatering cause a plant’s leaves to turn yellow.


Water only when the top 2-3 inches of the soil goes dry. Giving the plant more water than needed is harmful to your Orange star plant.

Orange star demands watering only once or twice a week. Water the plant deeply when you do water it. Reduce watering frequency in the fall season.

Overwatering your Orange star in the fall season may lead to root rot. This causes the leaves to turn yellow and wilt.

Overwatered plants’ leaves are yellow saggy.


Watering the plant less than needed causes the leaves to turn yellow. Underwatered plants’ leaves are dry and yellow.

Underwatering usually happens in the summer. So, water the plant abundantly in the summer. Water your Orange star plant once/twice a week deeply.

Natural yellowing

Orange star plant’s leaves turn yellow as summer progresses. This is a natural process and the leaves die back eventually.

The plant recovers from this dieback after summer. Just keep nurturing the plant carefully and give your Orange star some time.

You need to cut the dead leaves at the base. Use sterile, sharp cutters to cut off the dead leaves. This helps the new foliage growth.