Here are tips for sickly house plants. You might be able to save your house plant before it’s too late to salvage.
It’s disappointing when you bring a beautiful and lush plant home and suddenly it begins looking droopy or dreadful.
Before you get frustrated and toss it, try the following tips for sickly looking house plants.
A Few Things To Check For:
- Yellowing leaves
- Scorched leaves
- Spindly plant
- Brown leaf tips
Yellowing leaves: It could mean over-watering or that the plant isn’t getting enough light. Cold temperatures, nutrient deficiencies and infections can also cause your plant’s leaves to turn yellow.
Scorched leaves: It usually means it’s getting too much sun. This happens when the plant doesn’t have enough water and gets dehydrated.
A spindly plant: It could mean the plant isn’t getting enough light.
Brown leaf tips: It might mean that the plant was dry for too long or the temperature is too low. It could also indicate root rot.
When To Water Your Plant:
The best way to tell if your plants need water is to stick your finger about an inch into the potting soil.
If the soil is dry water the plant. But if you feel dampness, wait a day or so and check it again.
Be sure the pot is draining when you water it.
Don’t let the plant sit in water.
If no drainage holes exists, add holes to the pot or repot the plant in a pot with drainage holes.
I ordered a gadget that you stick into the plant’s soil to see if it needs water. It was under $10. I tend to over-water my plants so it was a good investment.
When Plants Are Too Wet:
Roots growing in waterlogged soil may die because they cannot absorb the oxygen needed to function normally.
The longer the air is cut off, the greater the root damage.
Then the dying roots decay and cannot supply the plants with nutrients and water.
When Plants Are Too Dry:
Signs of under watering include leaf tips browning, leaves dropping, and wilting of plant and leaves. The leaves might curl or become thin and crispy.
If the soil is hard and dry you are probably under watering the plant. Or if there’s a gap between the soil and the pot the plant is in, you may be under watering.
With most plants it is better to slightly under water than to over water.
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 more time before you give up on it.
How To Bring A Dying Plant Back To Life:
- Dead leaves, stems and branches must go. Take a pair of scissors and trim away any dead leaves.
- Place a humidifier nearby if the air is too dry.
- You don’t want bright sunlight in direct contact with your plant. Check the proper light conditions for your plant online.
- Fertilize your house plant with homemade fertilizer or pick up a ready mixed one at the store.
- You might try repotting the plant. Repot with fresh, not re-used, potting mix.