If you’re like many beginning gardeners, you most likely haven’t been blessed with the gift of a green thumb. It seems like anything you plant just ends up wilting and turns brown. But, you don’t have to give up on your plants quite yet! There are some measures you can take to bring your dead plants back to life.
How to Revive a Dead Plant
- Inspect your plant for any signs of life and then trim off any brown areas, leaving only the parts that are green. If there is no green remaining, just leave the main plant stem.
- Take the plant out of the soil and inspect the roots. Cut away any pieces of the plant that are obviously dead.
- Re-pot the remains of the plant. For indoor plants, opt for a pot that is 1 to 3 inches larger than the plant root system and a sterile potting mixture. For outdoor plants, dig a hole that is twice as large as the root ball and work a few handfuls of compost into the soil before you replant.
- Water the re-potted plant thoroughly. If it’s necessary, add more soil – the water is absorbed into the planting material so that the roots are completely covered.
- Place the plant in a warm, sunny location. In order to thrive, plants need plenty of light – most plants tend to do well in warm temperatures. This can be anywhere from 65 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Areas that are too cool or too warm could stress the plant and prevent growth.
- Fill a spray bottle with cool water and mist the plant every day. Be sure to check the potting soil to ensure that it’s moist, but not wet. Plants typically do well in moist environments. However, too much water can lead to root rot, so don’t overdo it!
To ensure that your plants are healthy and free of mites and mold, you may want to consider using an insecticide/fungicide, such as Pure 3-Way. Products like this keep your plants and loved ones safe.