Do you know how to tell if your plant is dead? This may seem to be a silly question, but it can be fairly difficult to decide if your plant is dead or if it can be saved. The only way to truly tell is to catch on to subtle clues. If you observe that your plant’s leaves are all brown or have all fallen off, you may not have to worry. Before giving up on your plant, check the stems – they should be flexible, strong, and green on the inside. If the stems are frail or mushy, turn to the roots for more information. If the roots are in the same condition as the stems, then, sadly, your plant is dead.
Can Your Plant be Revived?
Is it too late to save your plant?
Now you need to decide if the plant is worth nursing back to health. Chances are your plant may not look its best for weeks, months or, in some cases, even years. Do you really want to spend time saving this plant and possibly being unsuccessful, or could you get a similar plant at the local nursery that’s healthy and reasonably priced? If this plant has sentimental value or is rare, then of course it’s worth saving. Otherwise, you may want to just start all over.
What to Do When Only the Roots are Still Alive
If you find that the roots are still good even though the stems are dead, there’s still hope for your plant – you may be able to regrow the plant from the roots alone. Trim away the stems a third at a time. As you get closer to the roots, you may observe that parts of the stem are alive. If this is the case, do your best to leave as much as possible. If all of the stems are completely dead, leave at two inches of the stem untouched above the soil. Place the plant in an area where it will get about half of its recommended amount of sunlight and only water it when the soil is dry. If the plant has been saved, you will see new stems sprout in a month or two. Otherwise, check the roots again to see if the plant has died.
What to Do When the Stems are Still Alive
Trim away as much dead stem as you can find on the plant and place the plant in an area that will give it less sunlight than is recommended. Water only when the soil is dry but be sure to not let the soil dry out completely. In about a month or less, you should begin to see new stems or leaves producing in place of the old leaves. As the leaves and become more developed, cut away parts of the stems that are not producing leaves or stems. If no new leaves or stems form after a few weeks, check the stems on the plant again and cut away the dead wood as the stem dies.
Don’t let your plant get so unhealthy that it can’t be saved. At the first sign of mold, mildew, or other plant diseases, treat your foliage with Pure 3-Way. It will bring your plant back to the picture of health using organic ingredients, including lemongrass oil, a natural fungicide. When you begin to spot insects on your plants, spray them away with Kapow, which also incorporates lemongrass oil to fight off pests. Even with all the love and attention in the world, it can be impossible to revive a damaged plant, but with the regular application of Green Thumb, you can prevent bugs and diseases from attacking your plants while benefiting your foliage at the same time.