Is your plant starting to decline? You may be a new ‘plantita’ influenced by a friend, or the pandemic made you one. Still, you are trying to understand how to take care of your shrub. Taking care of a plant is not as easy as you think since each has specific needs. That is why, even if you feel like you have done everything right, your plant can start to wither each day. Well, if this happens, do not give up right away! There is still hope, and maybe it is just your plant’s way of expressing that they need your attention more! If you are curious about how to save your dying plant, keep scrolling to know how you can try and restore it to life!
Clearly, you did not mean to kill them, but you did, and it is okay. Every newbie plant mama has killed or almost killed a plant. That is how you learn, anyway! Before you try to save your shrub, you have to diagnose what is wrong with it first. Scroll down to see the most common reasons why your plant is dying.
- Did you overwater or underwater your plant?
- Does your plant have enough light?
- Is your plant getting sufficient nutrients?
- Are bugs or pests hiding in your plant?
- Has your plant have enough space to grow?
It is essential to spot what is wrong with your plant as early as possible to prevent it from deteriorating. The way that shrubs communicate is through the leaves, and you have to listen to the cues. For instance, if they are they wilted, flabby, and soft, then it is a sign that you need to water it less. Commonly, the solution is just as simple as moving your plant or stop watering them for a week.
Remember, each plant has specific needs. While some plants do not need much attention, some need to be checked as often as possible. So, it is best to choose the right plant for you. Hence, before you start bringing a new plant home, you need to learn what it wants first and if it would suit your current living condition.
So, once you have identified what happened with your plant, we can now move on to how we can attempt to bring it back to life!
Is your plant looking withered and yellowish from overwatering? Then, maybe it is time to repot your plant and change the soil. Get some fresh potting mix and a brand-new pot that is broader than the previous one to invigorate your plant to good as new. Yes, it may be a bit of work, but it will possibly save your plant.
If your plant looks very dry, developed brown, brittle leaves, then it is a warning sign of dehydration. Get a big pot or a bowl, then water it up slowly until the soil gets moist and reaches the roots. Do not water fast as it will flood the roots. Leave it for at least 24 hours in the shade. It is best to avoid direct sunlight because a water-damaged plant needs time to recover. As for the plant that declined due to overwatering, it will look like roots will start to rot, and moulds would be visible in the soil. The solution is to repot the plant, replace the soil, and create a new watering schedule.
Is your plant looking dry and has spots on its foliage? Then, it is an indication that your plant is getting too much sun. Consider moving your shrub to a new location with suitable lighting conditions. Otherwise, if your plant has pale leaves and weak stems, then it is telling you that they need more light. Move your plant near the window, then open your curtains, or clean your windows and let the light flow through your plant.
Does your plant look weak, deferred, with some discoloration and distortion? Then, your plant might be starving for nutrients. It happens if you have not fertilized the soil that your plant uses as it needs vitamins to grow and thrive. Boost your shrub with nutrients with a suitable fertilizer. You need to follow the directions carefully, as too much can harm the roots. You can also opt to repot your dying plant in fresh soil that is inclusive of plant food.
Pests and bugs love to invade and hide in the shrub. It could leave your foliage creased or folded, yellowing, could create holes, and can kill them. The good news is most pests are easy to eliminate. You can use a cloth with a mild soap solution and wipe to clean your plant.
Once you have tried these steps, your patience is needed next. This process could take a few weeks to recuperate. Make sure you nourish it with the proper nutrients, sun, enough water, and love, so it’ll grow healthy. It would also help talking to your plants or let them listen to a song to soothe them.