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Dying plants: 3 Things to do first

by Ayres DCunha 06/13/2022

For every gardener and houseplant owner, there will come a time to deal with dying plants. Living plants are often more complicated and needy than they seem, and even when we do everything in our power to keep them alive, sometimes the worst happens. Luckily, there are many situations where dying plants can actually be saved. Here are some tips and tricks for things to try:

Watering

Sometimes all a dying plant needs is a good drink of water. If you notice a plant's leaves drooping or developing dry, crispy edges, try giving it some water. It's also a good idea to check the soil with your finger or a moisture meter to make sure it's dry.

Repotting

Plants can start to decline rapidly because of poor soil quality. Whether the soil is simply old and devoid of nutrients or if it's over-saturated and causing root rot, emptying the pot and starting fresh with new soil can work wonders for a dying plant. Carefully inspect the roots for signs of rot before replanting.

Trimming

While houseplants don't require the same amount of regular pruning as outdoor plants, they can still benefit from the occasional trim. Using clean, sharp scissors or clippers, remove any withered foliage close to the bottom of the plant. If you have trailing plants with long, leggy vines, clipping them shorter can help promote newer, healthier growth. Just be careful not to cut off too much at once. Doing so can shock the plant and make it wilt quicker than before.

Each plant is unique, which may make it difficult to diagnose problems. However, if you keep these tips in mind, you can often save dying plants before it's too late.

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Ayres DCunha

Ayres DCunha, is currently a Realtor with eXp Realty, where he handles Residential Homes, Co-ops and Condominium Sales and Rentals. He epitomizes integrity, uncompromised levels of service, and astuteness in closing negotiations in favorable terms for the business and the client; traits valuable in any realtor’s arsenal.