First aid for houseplants: Steps to bring your dying plant babies back to life

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Although plants may look dead, it doesn’t mean they can’t be saved. Here are some steps to revive your dead or dying houseplants.


Look for signs of life. If your plants are turning brown or losing leaves, don’t throw them away just yet. It’s possible to revive dead plants, especially if they still have green leaves, stems, and buds.


Water. You would know that your plants are overwatered if the leaves start to wilt and turn from green to brown or yellow color. In contrast, brown and dry or curled leaves may indicate that they lack water. If your plant is overwatered, repot them in a dry medium, and if underwatered, water them based on their demands. Do not apply fertilizer until the plant recovers as this can hurt their roots, too. 


Light. Another thing to consider is light. Make sure your plants get enough sunlight or shade by placing them in a sunnier or low-light area. Try different spots to know where you think the plants will grow better. You may want to buy houseplants that are shade-loving if you’re growing indoors. 


Humidity. Plants absorb water through the leaves and roots. Keep your plants in an area that’s not too sunny or too dry to aid the plant during its recovery period. 


Nourish them with food. Feed your plants with sufficient nutrients, especially when discoloration of leaves appear. Providing nutrients will help them to recuperate fast (depending on their nutritional deficiency). Be careful not to over-fertilize or use the wrong kind of fertilizer. 


Compost. If everything you’ve tried didn’t work, it might be a sign to let them go. Compost your plants and recycle the rest to help your next plant to thrive. 


Take time to research and carefully observe your plants to determine how and where they love the most in your home’s climate. 


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