Chances are you brought a plant into your home to brighten up your space and bring life to the house – but what do you do when you walk by the plant one day and see that it’s struggling and might even be dead? Can you bring the poor thing back to life? If there’s still hope for your houseplant, then here are some tips that can help it thrive once again.
How to Revive Your Houseplant in 8 Steps
- Determine the type of plant. A lily is quite a bit different from a cactus just as a small palm is different than African Violets. Requirements for car will differ among plants, so check a care guide or garden book to see just what your plants need.
- Provide the right amount of sun or shade. Most indoor plants need plenty of sunlight, however some will burn if they have too much direct sunlight. If your plant is in a dark area, move it near a window. But don’t keep it in direct sunlight for too long unless it’s a cactus or succulent. If you notice that your plant is becoming thin and it’s leaves are beginning to pale, then it most likely needs more sunlight.
- Water your plant properly. Depending on your watering habits, your plant may either be drowning or dying for it’s thirst to be quenched. For example, if you have a cactus, it needs very little water; on the other hand, a fern would need a lot of water. Push your finger into the soil of your plant – if the soil is dry and hard, it needs more water; it should be damp. If the soil is muddy, then the plant is collecting too much water, which can lead to mold, mildew, or even root rot. If you find your plants in this situation, simply treat them with Pure 3-Way. Pure 3-Way will bring your plant back to health using natural ingredients, including lemongrass oil.
- Inspect your plant for pests. When observing the leaves of your plant, do you see any tiny insects scurrying about? Or any small white or black spots? If so, wash the plant in a sink gently with warm water. Afterwards, be sure to drain the soil through a hole in the bottom or in a sunny, breezy area. Then, to make sure the problem is resolved, apply Kapow to your plant. Kapow incorporate natural ingredients to kick bugs to the curb and keep your plants healthy.
- You may need to upgrade your pot. As plants grow, they will need to have more room. Check underneath your pot – if the roots are coming out through the hole in the bottom, your plant needs more space. If your plant is flowing over the edge of the pot, it needs more room. Simply transfer your plant into a larger pot and they will be happy once again!
- Groom your plant. Grab a pair of clippers and trim off old flowers, dead leaves, and rotten stalks until only healthy stems remain. Be sure you get rid of anything that appears dead, shriveled, yellow, mushy, or diseased. Hopefully you have intact roots, and a major stem or two to begin growing again. Keep in mind, though, that it may take months for the plant to come back to life.
- Keep an eye on your plant. Observe how much light your plant gets during the day. Does it get burned in the afternoon sun? Does it get any sun at all? Walk around your home and look for optimal places for your plants to grow. Keep track of your watering schedule and adjust times and amount of water as needed.
- Keep animals away from your plant. Cats, dogs, rabbits and many other plants are capable of destroying your plants. In fact, many plants are even poisonous to some animals. So, in order to keep everyone happy and healthy, it would be best to create some sort of barrier around your plants to keep your indoor pets away. If your plant has already been attacked, move the plant to a safe location and immediately start emergency care to encourage re-growth. This includes pushing the roots back down, applying more fertilizer, cutting away damaged foliage, and waiting for the roots to take hold again.
Keeping plants alive doesn’t have to be difficult. One excellent way of doing so is to apply Green Thumb to your plants on a regular basis. Green Thumb will benefit your foliage while keeping pests, mold, mildew, and diseases away. Good luck in your gardening endeavors!