You bring a new house plant home. But after months of your care, it starts to look a bit sickly. Before you get frustrated and toss it, try these tips for sickly house plants.
Treat Pests On Plants Without Chemicals
If you have discovered pests on your plant, matches may be your answer. You don’t need to use chemicals or pesticides.
Stick the matches in the dirt, making sure that the head of the match goes into the soil. And watch your plant recover from what ails it.
And the reason for this is that the phosphorus and sulfur will get rid of the bugs/pests.
The most common diseases on house plants is leaf spot. Yellow or brown spots will develop on an outer leaf and move inward.
To deal with this problem, you can mix a tonic and spray it on the leaves. Dissolve 4 teaspoons of baking soda in a gallon of water and add a few drops of Murphy’s oil to make a suspension.
If you’re wondering how warm it needs to be inside for your house plants, the ideal range is 70 to 80 degrees during the day and 60 to 68 degrees at nights. However most plants are adaptable.
Just because a plant looks unhealthy or loses its leaves doesn’t mean that it’s dead.
Plants can regrow after enduring trauma. So you might want to give it a little longer before you give up on it
What Can You Do?
- Dead leaves, stems and branches must go. Take a pair of scissors and trim away any dead leaves.
- Take note of light and humidity conditions. You don’t want bright sunlight in direct contact with your plant. Place your plant in a spot with about half as much light as is normally recommended.
- Fertilize your house plant with homemade fertilizer or pick up a ready mixed on at the store.
- You might repot the plant. Repot with fresh, not re-used, potting mix.
- Don’t water until you sink your finger into the soil up to your thumb and don’t feel moisture.