6 Effective Ways to Save a Plant
6 Effective Ways to Save a Plant
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6 Effective Ways to Save a Plant

Plants are an excellent way to decorate a home, but maintaining a plant can be a bit challenging. A plant’s health can fluctuate when it’s getting too little or too much of something. Whether that’s water or sunlight, knowing how to properly look after or save a plant is something we all often struggle with! 

If your main concern is a dying or dead plant, there are several reasons why it might be wilting. But if your plants are on the verge of death, don’t give up on them! By following these few tips that are provided by our garden experts, it will help you to diagnose the issue and help your plant recover.  From monitoring humidity to adding nutrients in the soil, here are the six ways to help save a plant.

1. Trim Away All the Dead Leaves

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Trimming away the dead leaves, including the ones that have turned yellow is an easy way to help prevent plant pests and help your plant grow new ones as well. Trimming back the branches can also save the plant and new branches will be able to sprout out.

When a leaf is turning yellow, it’s best to allow it to be fully yellow before pulling it off. Any leaves that have turned crispy and brown can also be taken off of the stem or branch without harming your plant.

Here’s a guide on how you can remove dead or deformed leaves, courtesy of Gardening Know How.

2. Check the Colour of the Stem

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Checking the colour of the stem can help you figure out if the plant is worth saving. 

If the colour of the stem is still green, it certainly is alive and within a month of trimming the plant will be able to grow new branches and leaves and will soon look good as new. On the other hand, if the stem is mushy or brittle, it’s time to trim the dead part of the stem.

3. Consider Repotting

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If the roots are starting or have begun wrapping around the pot or sticking out of the root ball, repotting is a must. The plant will eventually outgrow the pot, which can cause some issues for the plant. 

For instance, when you water the plant, it will go straight through the drainage holes, which means the plant will not gain any nutrients. Choose a pot that’s slightly bigger than the last one.

Ensure that it has enough drainage holes on the bottom. Otherwise, your plant will probably be forced to sit in too much water, essentially causing it to drown.

Moreover, opt for high-quality indoor plant potting mix to revive your plant. If your plant is dehydrated, add some water-storing crystals.

4. Check Your Home’s Humidity Level

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Most plants like humid conditions. However, some of them are innate to a more tropical environment, such as cacti.

Major problem plants can encounter during the winter is being exposed to too much artificial heating. And if you see your plant’s soil is constantly dry, your home’s humidity level is maybe too low.

To resolve this, misting the leaves and using humidifiers and dehumidifiers can help. Alternatively, placing a shallow pan filled with gravel underneath your plant and adding water is also a great way to increase the humidity around your plant.

5. Limit the Sunlight Exposure

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All plants naturally need sunlight in order to photosynthesise. But if the plant is exposed to too much sunlight, it can cause black spots on their leaves. 

To control this, you will need to trim the leaves and place it in a shadier place in your home. If the leaves are turning pale, it can be a result of a lack of sunlight. Ensure to place the plant near a window where the sun is exposed.

Tip: A southern exposure will provide the most light for your plants.

6. Add Nutrients to the Soil

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Like humans, plants need nutrients to live and grow. By adding nutrients to the soil, it can give your plant a boost and eventually help save it.

You can either buy plant nutrients from your local florist. If you prefer a more natural way, you can reuse some tea bags or coffee and potting it in the soil.

You should never throw away a plant because it starts to wilt or looks like it’s dying, as they’re usually able to be revived and doing so is such a rewarding feeling – not to mention great for the environment! 

There’s every chance it can be nursed back to full health. We hope our 6 Effective Ways to Save a Plant guide will help recover your dying plants.

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