It’s really calming to spend some time in a park or garden after a tough, stressful day. The sad thing is that you can’t find these green spots that easy when you live in a big city. Many people deal with this problem through the joy of indoor gardening.
Growing houseplants can be really beneficial for your health – you can grow useful herbs, your own fruits and veggies, and mesmerizing flowers. The best thing is they make perfect decorations while they clean the air in your home!
However, this dream can turn into a nightmare if your indoor grown plants slowly die one by one. You can be a targeted by vicious pests or be a victim of your own horticulture ignorance.
Don’t worry! Even though there are a few rules you should follow when growing plants, you can still revive dying house plants. Here’s how to bring a wilting flower back to life:
Problem: Plant Insta-kill
You’ve just re-potted your houseplant, but it seems like it’s about to die. It can be hard to look after a plant without killing it, but it’s a common thing for most greens to feel stressed when you change their spot. Sometimes some of the leaves fall out or change their colour, but these symptoms usually fade away after two weeks or so. Just let it be. Don’t try to boost it up with fertiliser because you can only bring more damage.
Problem: Falling Leaves
Sometimes your indoor greens don’t get enough sunlight and that leads to leaf loss. This issue has a really simple solution. Just move the plant closer to the window or directly move it outside. Just make sure it’s not too cold or humid.
Problem: Plants Change Their Color From Green to Yellow
A sign of healthy plants are gorgeous, green leaves.
However, yours are turning yellow. On top of that, the centre stalk is brown and feels soft to the touch. This may be the result of constant overwatering.
- First, you need to make sure that the pot has proper drainage holes and excess water is leaving the container.
You can add gravel or small pebbles for a better effect.
- Next, you have to make a watering schedule.
- Observe your home plants and find out when the soil gets dry. Last, but not least, remove the yellow leaves and your foliage will be green again.
Problem: Foliage is Turning Brown
You noticed that the plants in your home are turning brown and crispy.
If you touch them, they break easily and feel dry. This is the opposite of overwatering – underwatering. When greens don’t get enough water they show it by changing the colour of their leaves to brown. The same symptom can be seen when it gets too much sun or is under too much heat. Change the watering scheme and move your plant to a cooler place with a bit of shade.
Problem: Insect Invaders
No matter how hard you try to look after your indoor foliage, pests find their way in and attack. They are not that easy to spot, but you will notice them by the small spots they leave on the leaves. You might be invaded by aphids, spiders, or another kind of intruders. Do your research and learn how to deal with them. You can also try organic pest control.
Problem: The Plant Doesn’t Grow
You water your plant regularly and provide enough sunlight and warmth. You keep pests away but your foliage doesn’t grow the slightest. You may be forgetting to add a little fertilizer. Pol Bishop, a professional gardener with Fantastic Gardeners London, says that sometimes in-home grown plants need an extra boost to stimulate their growth. Find one that is suitable for your greens and give them more food.
Problem: Nothing Helps
Your houseplants die no matter your hard efforts to keep them alive. You’ve tried all of the tips mentioned above but they don’t get better. Maybe the right thing to do is find a new home for them. Every one or two years plants need to be re-potted. Even the slightest change in the size of the containers helps boost the health of your greens.
Don’t pull them out directly, just be gentle. Massage the roots and shake the roots. Place them in their new crib, add potting soil and water. After a few days or a week, your plant will look like new.