If you’re like me, you’re probably familiar with the frustration of seeing your houseplants die. But here’s the thing: I always remember to water them and place them in a sunny spot, so how come they always turn yellow and droop? I really love plants and believe they bring a positive energy into any space, so I decided to do a little research and find out how to make them live longer. If you think you have “bad luck” with indoor plants, here’s my guide! I hope you’d find it helpful!
Here comes the sun.
Is the spot you chose for your plant bright enough? To check if your plant enjoys the benefits of direct sunlight, look for its new growth. Is it pale and weak? If it’s still growing but sheds leaves and looks floppy, then it’s probably lacking sunlight. What’s the solution? Move it to a South-facing window and keep the blinds open during the day. If that’s not possible, try a West-facing window, which is better than an East-facing window. Keep in mind that a North-facing window gets the least light. Also, avoid re-locating or rotating your plants too frequently, as they will need to orient themselves towards the sun, causing the older leaves to die.
Water it right!
If your healthy-looking plant died suddenly from being dry, and you did remember to water it, it might be that you were watering it the wrong way. When you water your plants every day, the plant becomes dependent and lazy, and therefore grows weaker roots. If you later forget to give it the same constant attention, then it will adjust to the sudden change by shedding its leaves. Another this is that if the potting soil gets completely dry, it won’t absorb water and it will drain them out, making you think the soil is saturated when it’s not. Luckily, there are a few solutions! First, make sure to re-pot your plant in a big pot with drainage holes as soon as possible, because more soil is able to hold the water for a longer period of time. Don’t water your plants as often as you used to, but when you do, soak it in the sink to allow it to grow stronger roots. Keep your plant in a tray, so it will fill up with the water your plant didn’t absorb. After a day or two, the soil will re-absorb the water left in the tray. If you tend to forget watering your plants, don’t use clay pots as they allow water to evaporate out of the side, causing your plant to dry so much faster.
Take care of the roots.
Drainage holes are super important because they allow water to drain from the soil and enable air to flow freely. That way, water doesn’t stand around the roots, what may cause them to rot. If the roots sit in water for too long, they will probably die soon. Be sure to choose pots that have drainage holes, and if it’s not possible, use a layer of pebbles, as a way to keep excess water away from the roots of your plant.
Keep them clean.
Your plants also get dusty at home, and that may block the sunlight. When you notice dust, rinse it gently with lukewarm water, your plant will enjoy the shower! And if you’ve got a big potted plant, no worries. Just wipe the leaves with a moist sponge or cloth. After cleaning your plants, let them air dry. They will look spotlessly clean and will enjoy the sun even more!
It ain’t over!
If your plant sheds its leaves and looks unhealthy, it doesn’t mean it’s dead! Plants can keep growing after trauma or after they’ve gone dormant. Before you throw it away, trim off the dead parts. Be patient and see what happens! It might surprise you with fresh new leaves.