There’s still hope for your Fiddle Leaf Fig! Try these six steps on how to save a dying indoor plant.
We’ve all been in this situation where you saw a beautiful plant, brought it home, took care of it, but after a few months, its health started to decline. Is it dying? Is there a way to revive it? The answer is yes. It could be too much sun or not enough. Most of the time, overwatering and overfertilizing are the main causes of a plant’s death.
However, there’s still a chance for you to revive a dying plant. So, if you need to revive your plants, especially this winter season, here are the steps you need to follow on how to save a dying plant.
Trim Dead Leaves
The first step in saving a dying plant is to trim away all dead leaves with a small pair of clean scissors or pruning shears. It’s best to trim in a way that mimics the natural shape of the leaves. Leave any small buds, even if they don’t look healthy, because these areas have still an opportunity for new growth.
Trim Dead Branches and Stems
After trimming dead leaves, next is to trim dead branches and stems. Start at the top and trim away small parts at a time, then check the color of the center of the stem. The main reason to cut away a small portion at a time is that even though a stem looks dead, the center may still be alive and green, especially when you get closer to the plant’s roots. If you see that the center of the stems is green, stop cutting. After a few weeks or a month, you’ll see new branches growing out from the old ones.
It’s always recommended to repot your houseplants once you bring them home since the pots they are usually in are completely not suitable for them to thrive and grow. Another reason to repot your houseplants is when they’re too small for the pot. Choose a planter or pot that’s slightly bigger than your plant, and make sure that the pot has enough drainage holes at the bottom. Follow our repotting guide here.
Check the Humidity Levels
The humidity levels in your home play a big factor in your plant’s growth. Since most indoor plants came from tropical regions, they are likely to thrive in humid conditions. One of the signs that the humidity levels may be too low is if your plant’s soil is always dry. You can increase the humidity for your plants by placing a pebble tray or misting it regularly.
Control the Sunlight
One of the most common problems of every plant owner is sunlight, especially this winter season. If your plant’s leaves have brown edges or look yellow, this could be a sign of too much sun. However, most of the time, plants suffer from not getting enough sunlight. One of the solutions is to use grow light. You can also relocate your plant to a spot with southern exposure.
Of course, plants need nutrition to stay happy and healthy. You can either use liquid fertilizer or a slow-release fertilizer. Make sure that you feed your plant during the growing season, which is spring and summer.
Even if your plant babies are healthy and happy, knowing these steps on how to save a dying plant can be handy if ever accidents or unfortunate situations occur. Check out our Plant Care blog to learn more about different houseplants and tips on how to keep your plants alive and healthy.
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