Appearances can be deceiving, so even if a plant looks dead, doesn’t mean that it is.If your plant has turned brown and lost some leaves, don’t give up on it just yet. There is hope that you can revive a dead plant if the plant still has a few green leaves and pliable stems—buds are a sure sign too.
If your plants have become a casualty of the recent cold weather snap, or are simply showing signs of neglect, here’s a few useful steps for reviving them.
Repotting the plant
Transferring a tired-looking plant into a different pot with new soil can make quite the difference. Simply opt for a pot or container that’s a little bit bigger than your plants old home, as this will give the roots room to grow and flourish.
Just pick a container that’s a size upgrade: Be sure to select a pot a couple of inches wider than the one you are replacing. This will give the roots room to grow and thrive.
People and pets aren’t the only things in your house that need food; plants can get malnourished, too. Depending on the nutritional deficiency, providing the nutrition can help the plant recover nearly immediately within days.
Plants need healthy food too, so replace your old soil with a high-quality potting mix.
You might also want to try fertilizer — just stick with a slow-process variety that won’t feed your plant’s roots too much at once. Only use fertilizer during the time when your plant should be growing, during the months of March through September.
Arrange a proper sunlight
If you recently moved your plant to a new spot, it’s possible it’s no longer getting enough light. Try moving your plant to a sunnier window if it needs a lot of light. Same goes with a plant that’s now getting too much sun; try a different location in your home.
Even though sun is for the most part good for plants, abruptly moving them into the hot, bright sun when they’re looking worse for wear can cause serious problems.
Keep the plant in indirect sunlight until it recovers well.
Water it precisely
Different plants require different water levels in different seasons or conditions. Be sure you have the correct information about your plant’s water requirements and water accurately.
Get correct information about their water requirements and water precisely.
Get rid of bugs and pests
If the leaves or stem of your plant are speckled or weak-looking, bugs might be the problem.
Get rid of such bugs or pests by either gently wiping or spritzing leaves with a mild soapy water solution.
Maintain humidity if required.
Some plants may need a more humid environment, which you probably don’t want for your home.
To create an individual greenhouse for your plant, place a small plastic bag on top of it.
Over-watered plants are likely to be droopy. Quick action is required to save the plant as roots rot when waterlogged. Tip the plant out of its pot and have a look at the roots – if there are still healthy, white roots, then the plant has a chance. Repot it into the same pot with fresh potting compost, and water lightly to settle it in.
Under-watered plants look shriveled and may drop leaves. The compost will be dry and hard. Put the plant into a sink or bucket of water for half an hour, then set somewhere to drain for half an hour. Keep out of strong sunlight, and lightly watered.
A plant that has had too much sun looks scorched – there will be dark or bleached patches on the leaves, the foliage will be crispy, and the compost will be baked hard. Move the plant to a shadier location.
Too little light causes a plant to grow small, pale leaves. Lower leaves can turn yellow and fall off, and the plant is unlikely to flower.