Gardening

Indoor plants, 4 ways to improve them if they are withered and lifeless

Do you have indoor plants ? If you have noticed that you have some lifeless plants at home, that they are dull, withered and it seems that they no longer have a solution…. Try these remedies and you will see that you can “revive” them because luckily we have a solution for most cases and we will teach you how we can save indoor plants that are lifeless and withered .

It may be that lately you have not spent time with the plants for any reason, such as because you do not know how to take care of them very well, because you have been away for a few days and when you have returned they were bad or because lately you have been very busy and you have not had time nor to take care of the plants. Or simply that the plant has gotten worse little by little for no apparent reason. Be that as it may, now you find that you have some very bad looking plants at home and you don’t know what to do. Take note of these 4 typical cases that most often occur when plants are spoiled and lifeless.

4 ways to revive your dead indoor plants

Let’s first assess the situation. If you bought the plant less than two months ago and now it is not well, the causes of this state have to do with watering, light and air circulation. If, on the other hand, you have already been with the plant for more than two months, most of the time the problem is in nutrition or in pests and diseases.

To make a diagnosis of the plant we must pay close attention to certain signs that are important to be able to know what is the cause of the evils. This way we can correct the causes that caused the damage to the plant and be able to leave it as new as soon as possible.

First possible case:

  • Symptoms: leaves are brown, dry, crisp and fall off.
  • Diagnosis: lack of water. You are not providing enough water to the plant.
  • What to do: put the pot on a container with water and let it absorb all that it needs. Leave it there for an hour. If it is not possible to do this, irrigate with small amounts of water for an hour. Subsequently, little by little the risks increase. Make sure the plant soil always has some moisture in the soil.

Second possible case:

  • Symptoms: weak, yellowish leaves
  • Diagnosis: too much water
  • What to do: check if the soil is wet or dry. Make sure the pot has good drainage by removing the plant and stirring the soil a bit to aerate it and make it more spongy to avoid caking.

Adjusting the irrigation to the needs of the plants is not easy at all. But what is easy is to change our habits when solving the aforementioned problems with risks. If your plant was bad because you watered it too much and you were drowning it, reduce the risks in terms of the amount of water and lengthen the periodicity of the irrigations a little more. Observe how the plant responds.

The houseplants can be difficult to care for temperature changes and seasonal and the atmosphere inside the house. We must take into account that air conditioning, heating, etc. they cause dryness in the plants and we must water them more. While if we have room humidifiers at home we will not need to water them as much. .

Third possible case:

  • Symptoms: lifeless leaves and little soil in the pot
  • Diagnosis: nutritional deficiencies
  • What to do: indoor plants have very limited access to nutrients when they are in pots and the nutrients they have access to run out after a few months. To this must be added that sometimes, when we water, we remove part of the soil or it escapes through the drainage holes in the pot. But don’t worry, in addition to the fact that this problem has an easy solution, we will be reusing our waste. To solve these deficiencies we are going to take advantage of used tea bags and coffee grounds. Sprinkle the tea or coffee all over the surface of the pot, over the soil. To finish, add a thin layer of soil on top. You can also add humus or compost.

Fourth possible case:

  • Symptoms: small spider webs and very small insects.
  • Diagnosis: plague
  • What to do: we can highlight three types of indoor plant pests that are common and occur more frequently in the plants we have at home. One of these pests are mites , another are scale insects and finally the whitefly.. These pests can easily spread to other plants, so it is wise to take action quickly. As a first measure we are going to isolate the infected plants so that they do not infect the others. To combat these pests we are going to dilute 1 teaspoon of 96º alcohol (the one we have in the medicine cabinet) in 300 ml of water. Dip a cloth in this mixture and clean the leaves (especially the underside) and stems of the affected plants. Repeat the same operation once a week for at least three weeks in a row. Preferably do it at night and if you do it during the day try to keep the plants out of direct sunlight while you apply the treatment.

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