Reviving A Dying Houseplant

May 6, 2019

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Not everyone is born with a green thumb, but before you toss out that sad-looking houseplant you may want to try and revive with these tips. Most houseplants die from over-watering rather than not watering enough. The soil should be damp to the touch. Plants need sunlight however many can survive on indirect light. Plants exposed to too much light may display dull foliage, brown edges or spots. Inadequate light often causes the plant to appear long and spindly as it stretches towards available light. Give your plant a trim. Brown, dried-out leaves are a hindrance to plant energy source, so trim away all brown or dried out areas. Adjust the soil. When is the last time you changed the soil or added fertilizer? Some plants need to be fertilized every week during spring and summer. Some plants need to be fertilized once a year in the spring. Examine the roots. If you’ve tried everything else and your plant isn’t healing, it’s possible that your plant could be having some root issues. When plants are in a pot too small, the roots will grow in a tight, tangled mess called rootbound, where they mimic the shape of the pot. Re-plant it in a pot about one inch bigger and be careful to not plant it in a pot that's too big. If it’s too big, there will be too much water for the roots.

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SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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