Your Flower Plant is Dying?
Gardening can be quite an exciting and calming experience. If only it were that easy to make it a successful one. All of us usually have a few go at it and then when we see the string of failed attempts, we get disheartened and we just leave it at this. However, there are a couple of things that contribute to your plants' life. If you want to know what's making your plant die, here's a quick action plan for you that you can follow.
Not enough Sun: Reason for Plant Dying
Some plants and flowers require direct and bright sunlight to thrive. In the absence of ample natural light, they can starve and their leaves can turn yellow and eventually die. In fact, in the absence of sunlight, they can forgo their signature characteristic. The best example of this would be sunflowers that can be now cultivated indoors under controlled conditions but during this process, they tend to leave heliotropism, a characteristic they are most identified with. The telltale sign of not enough exposure to sunlight is stunted growth, weak stem and smaller leaves than the usual. This is why it is advised that you do your homework about the specific plant to avoid its untimely death.
More than enough Sun is Another Reason for Plant Dying
Some indoor plants such as aloe vera, lucky bamboo and bonsai plants are meant to grow in shade and cooler temperature. You must have seen them on the desks, in the darker corners and in the passage where sunlight barely escapes. If you make these plants get direct sunlight, they can wilt and die due to this. The signs of unnecessary exposure to sunlight are dried soil and brown leaves as if they were burnt. Keep your plant in shade and water the plant regularly. However, overwatering the plant could also be one of the problems, which brings us to the other point.
Too much water
Excess of anything is bad. One might think that water and sun are the keys to grow plants but as always, it is better to practice moderation. Too much water can make the roots to rot and if the foundation is rotten, it is kinda futile to hope to dream of a strong building. Moist, muddy soil is the number sign that you are watering your plant too much. Also, watch out for yellow leaves. Since the roots are rotten, the leaves can't get their nutrition from the soil and hence, are turning yellow.
Not enough water
Are the leaves drooping and is the stem weak? If this is happening to your plants, there is a good chance that your plants are not getting enough water. Dry and cracking soil is what you should be checking out for. The best way out would be to keep it in the high humidity places such as bathroom and kitchen windows. Avoid direct sunlight till your plant's condition return to normal.
Pest Problems is reason for Plant Dying
It is one of the common pet peeves of the horticulturists and gardening enthusiasts. The bugs can nibble away leaves and block the growth of a plant. The abnormal knots on your plants could be the eggs of pests. If you find any holes, discoloured leaves, white spots or patches on leaves, rolled and curved leaves are the indicators that your plants are bug-infested. To avoid this scenario, you can plant bug-repellant plants or wipe the leaves with a mild soapy solution. This will take care of most of the bug problems.
Not getting enough nutrition
This is why you repot plants to keep the soil fresh and replenished with nutrients. Usually, if you keep adding organic fertilisers and plant food at regular intervals, there shouldn't be any problem like this. The lack of nutrients can block the growth of plants. The plants won't get the necessary nutrition from the soil if it is deprived of nutrients in the first place. The plant could have stunted growth, weak stem and discoloured leaves. You can repot the plant in a bigger pot to allow it some space and more nutrients. It is better to get some homemade and natural plant food than store bought chemicals.
More often than not, these factors are often the culprit behind a plant's death. If you could catch them in a timely manner, you can revive your plant back to a healthy stage. Most importantly, be patient. Like any other hobby, it requires time and experience. You can’t rush their growth or revival. With time, you will become experienced to spot these anomalies and this will let you save your plants just in time. If your plant still wilts and dies after all these precautions, turn it into compost and start afresh. Don't let your gardening spirit die because of a few failed attempts. Things will turn around for sure and you will have a lush, green garden to yourself soon!