How do I Stop Killing my Plants?

  • Posted by zayla
  • On December 21, 2018
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“You never become an expert on a plant until you’ve killed it three times”, is something my friend Feather likes to say. While I appreciate this point of view, here are some steps to stop killing your plants.

1. Stop Overwatering

Overwatering is most common cause of houseplant death. If the plant is becoming mushy and changing in color, this is likely the culprit. Make sure you have proper drainage for your plant and use a terracotta pot with a drainage hole. Water your plant first thing in the morning, so it has the rest of the day to dry before nighttime.

2. Stop Underwatering

It’s pretty easy to tell if your plant is thirsty. It feels dry, starts to droop and drop leaves. Keep your plant in a visible place where you can feel when it’s thirsty and water it. Or set an alarm on your phone. If all of this fails, you can keep a full cup of water next to your plant as a reminder, or simply move it into the shower where it can’t be neglected!

3. Adjust the light

If your plant is developing brown sun burnt spots, please move it to a shadier spot! If your plant is no longer growing straight up, but diagonally towards a light source, that is a sign it wants to move closer to the sun. Plant growth will be stunted if it does not recieve enough light.

4. Soil

Some plants enjoy lighter, better draining soil. While other’s enjoy muddier, water-retaining soil. All plants enjoy clean soil free of pests and chemicals. It also might be worth reading up on the pH levels of different soils.

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