What to do if your plants keep dying?

plants keep dying

So, let’s face it: some of us have a brown thumb, and we hate it. But what can you do about it?

When your plants keep dying on you, unless you know a lot about plants, the only thing you can do is try different things to figure out where you’re making a mistake. So that’s exactly what we’ll do here. In this blog, we’re assuming you’re talking about houseplants. Some of the steps listed may not be possible for outdoor plants, but do your best and think out-of-the-box to come up with solutions.

If your plants are dying, try the following:

1. Watering less

This is a problem most of us deal with. Overwatering is a bad habit, and one that’s very hard to let go of. Check to see if the soil is moist and the roots rotten and brown. If the answer to either is yes, you’re likely overwatering and drowning your plants. Water them only when the top surface is dry. If the plant doesn’t have a drainage hole or has one that’s plugged by rocks or other solid objects, fix that ASAP!

2. Watering more

If the soil looks bone-dry and the plant has wilted, you probably left watering till too late. When you get your next plants, set a routine to water them oftener. Depending on the plant, the container and your climate, you might have to water them anything from once every two weeks, to thrice every day. That’s a big, gaping window!

3. Sunning them more

Most plants thrive in sunny areas. While there are plants that’ll die in sunny spots, the ones that’ll die in sun-less spots are a lot more abundant. So if your plant doesn’t get much sun, try moving it to a sunnier position. Or shall we say, moving its replacement to a sunnier position.

4. Changing the soil

It’s just possible that your soil is at fault. It may have fungal diseases, parasites, or too many or too few nutrients. Any of these can be enough to kill your plant. So, especially if you notice the plants in one particular container keep dying, change out the soil. Use some good-quality potting mix for best results, but you can just as well go with dirt from your lawn.

5. Moving them outdoors

Just like you’d feel nervous and lost in a foreign environment, plants sometimes feel sad and weak indoors, because the outdoors has everything they want in a better ratio. So, if you have a lawn, balcony, or even a nice, big window, try moving your plant to a more open space where it can get sun, air circulation, and a better environment overall.

6. Getting easier plants

If your plants keep dying, it’s possible the fault isn’t yours, but really the plant’s. Some plants are fussy drama queens, and need a lot of maintenance. Get low-maintenance plants such as pothos or ivy, and these won’t give you as much trouble. Just remember to go easy on the factors mentioned above – avoid stuffy rooms, give it some sunlight, don’t water it too much (hardy plants can usually take dry soil), and don’t let pests take a hold.

Try these out one after the other, and you should see results soon. One last thing you can try is changing the type of plant you grow. For instance, if you’re a chronic over-waterer, don’t get succulents and cacti. Instead, try getting ordinary houseplants. Under-waterers should get succulents such and dry grasses. If nothing else works, give it a break and try again in a few months!

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