How to save a dying plant
Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade. – Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Glory of the Garden’ (1911)
From time to time even the best gardeners have a forgotten plant that needs a little help. Sometimes we are blessed to find cheap or free additions to our gardens that may have been neglected in another garden or a garden centre. Many of these neglected plants can be saved and rehabilitated and go on to thrive in your garden with little care. Let’s take a look at how to save a dying plant.
If we plant the right seeds, tomorrow will be better. If you put out good things, then you’ll get good things back.
How to save a dying plant – firstly choose a plant you can save
When looking for a good candidate for a neglected plant that you can save pay attention to signs of life remaining in the plant. A plant needs a few green leaves to stand a chance at survival. These leaves create food for a plant and a fully dead and dried up plant can not survive. With even a few green leaves remaining you stand a chance at helping your plant recover.
Check the roots
Check the roots of the plant if potted to ensure that they are healthy. Rooted roots will need to be cleared away if they make up a small proportion of the overall root system. If a large section of the roots are damaged there may not be much you can do to help in your quest to save the dying plant.
How to save a dying plant – in 6 steps
- If the dying plant is in a pot you will need to repot the plant to give it a chance at survival. Many plants go into shock when the plant is transplanted from one plant to another. Take precautions to help prevent transplant shock for your plant. Ensure that you give the plant plenty of water when you transplant it and try to keep the temperature steady for the first few days.
- If the plant is in your garden and you can not move it to another area away from the sun that may be stressing it out. In order to save a dying plant, you can use shade cloth or a flour sack towel to block the sun and give your plant time to recover.
- Trim away dead leaves and stems. Dead foliage can slow the growth and recovery of a plant as it struggles to try and save itself. By removing these you leave energy and room for the plant to start over. Prune with sterilized garden shears to avoid spreading disease and bacteria to the plant that is already struggling.
- Feed your plant a quality fertilizer or add in some fresh compost. By feeding your plants you can help save a dying plant and by getting them the nutrients they need to thrive this will take work and effort. This can be a major factor in your neglected plant’s survival as it doesn’t have to work so hard to bounce back.
- Take the effort to ensure your plant has not been infected with insects. Aphids have a particular attraction to dead and rotting plants. Check the underside of leaves where aphids and other small insects tend to hide. Treat your plant to get rid of any pests that have taken up residents in your plant. If your plant has not been infected with insects take the effort to prevent them with a repellent like Neem oil.
Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.
How to save a dying plant – Further reading
I hope these tips on how to save a dying plant are helpful to you and you do indeed save your plant!
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