Flows Plant Plantion Tips Acting as Doctor for Your Plants

Acting as Doctor for Your Plants

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While I wish I could help you all and get to the bottom of it, the reality is that I need to be there to figure out what’s going on. There are a lot of factors that could be at play.

You’ll have to do some detective work to figure out exactly what’s going on, whether that’s your plant losing leaves or turning yellow.

I’m going to lead you through some step-by-step checks you can do to get to the bottom of why your plant is unhappy. You’ll be able to figure out what’s wrong with your plant and how to fix it!

How Do I Diagnose What’s Wrong With My Plant?

People will often start googling frantically about their plant’s issues and cross their fingers for a solution. Just like going to a doctor, one symptom of illness could point to many things. For example, yellowing leaves could be overwatering AND underwatering, not enough light AND too much light.

So how do you figure out what’s truly wrong with your plant? Well, you need to know what conditions your plant likes and then see if you’re giving it just that.

  • How much water does your plant like?
  • How much sun does your plant need?
  • Is it best to grow them inside or outside?
  • Does it like humidity?
  • Is it small enough to grow in a pot?
  • How often does it require fertilizer?
  • What are the natural conditions where the plant is native?

Understanding the answers to these questions will make you consider whether you’re satisfying all the plant’s needs.

Below, I’ve outlined many of the problems and how you can fix them and turn your plant back into happy growth.

What’s Wrong With My Plant?

Go through these checklist items one by one. I’m positive one of them will be the reason your plant isn’t doing so hot.

WATERING

This is first on the list for good reason. New plant owners struggle to figure out a watering schedule, whether inside or outside plants are the concern.

When we notice something is wrong with our plant, we rush to water it. But keep cool for a second, as too much water can also be a problem.

We should water our houseplants only when they have fully dried. Before watering, dip your finger in the soil to test its moisture levels.

If it’s bone dry or even hard, it’s time for some water. A plant drooping or one that has crinkled leaves often indicates this.

If it’s still moist, then put down the watering can. Soggy or plump leaves could indicate there’s too much water, especially when it’s a succulent plant losing leaves.

Of course, every plant will have different requirements when it comes to how much water they want. Make sure to look into your plant’s specific needs.

ROOT ROT

Root rot comes from overwatering your plant or when you have a plant in a pot with no drainage holes. The roots sit in too much water without any air circulation and begin to rot, making them useless. Then, the plant can’t get any water or nutrients and will begin to die.

If your soil is often wet or moist, pull up the plant and inspect the roots. Root rot will have a smell, and the roots may appear darkened (even black) and mushy.

If you appear to have root rot, then you will need to remove all the infected roots. Here’s what to do:

  • Begin by thoroughly washing the soil from the roots. Use clean scissors to cut away all infected roots.
  • Toss out the soil it was in and thoroughly clean the old pot.
  • If the old pot didn’t have drainage holes, add them or get a new one. Your plant needs them!
  • Place your clean plant and healthy root system into the pot with brand-new potting soil.
  • When the entire root system is affected, you may be better off to try and propagate a still healthy plant cutting from the top of the plant. Follow this propagation guide to do so.
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