Dead Or Alive?

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deadYour plant looks as if it has gone on to the happy hunting grounds, but is it really dead or is there still life inside?

 

Here are a few ways you can check to see whether it can be revived:

  • Is there any green in it?  Are there still some green leaves or twigs to be seen?  If you cut a twig or stem is it green inside?  If so, don’t give up on it just yet.  Cut off the dead foliage and water it.  It may just recover!
  • Did you water it too much?  If so the leaves may be yellow or brown.  They’ll likely be limp or at least soft.  In that case check the soil.  If it’s very moist or waterlogged this could be the problem.  Make sure there’s proper drainage and allow the soil to dry out before watering again.  When you do water, do so sparingly.
  • Did you water too little?  If the leaves are dead and hard on the edges and if the soil is rock hard and pulling away from the sides of the pot, this is likely the problem. Cut off the dead foliage. Make sure there’s proper drainage then start watering that plant.  Set an alarm on your phone so that you remember to water it twice a day. It may well recover.
  • Is it getting too much sun?  If the leaves look as if they have brown spots or burnt areas, this plant probably needs some shade.  Cut off the dead foliage, move it out of the direct sun and water it.
  • Is it getting too little sun?  If the leaves appear pale and wan and limp, this could be the issue.  Especially if you recently moved the plant from one position to another.  Change the position so it’s getting the right amount of light and / or sun depending on the plant and water as usual.
  • Plants often like humidity, especially indoor plants.  They absorb moisture through the leaves so make sure it’s not being dried out in the position it’s currently in.
  • Is the plant starving?  it might be deficient in some nutrients. Ask your garden center which fertilizer would be best for this plant then apply as per product directions.
  • Is it time to say goodbye?  If you’ve done all you can do to revive the plant and it’s not working… well it’s probably time to head down to your garden center and get a new plant to love and care for!

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