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6 Ways How To Save Your Plant From Dying

Updated on October 28, 2016
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Call me a green thumb. Planted flowers, fruits and vegetables such as bell peppers, tomatoes, cabbage. Favorite plant is the hibiscus.

They say that all living things are created by God. When someone dies, someone else hurts, and we moan and weep of the death of an individual, a soul that has departed from us and has transcended into another world unseen by the human eye. Plants are the same, they are living, breathing and eating organism just like us humans, they are born from the seed, just like any human, the seed is then fertilized naturally by the earth, in humans we call that impregnated, in the plant world its called germination. It grows from a tiny single leaf organism and generally grows until it reaches full maturity. It then produces its own pollen or seed in order to continue its existence.

Sometimes, plants become sick and do die before its time. It is quite emotional to see a beautiful loved plant wither away and die right before your eyes. Not many people know how to save a dying plant. You cannot treat it like how you would do a human, there is no CPR, no bandages, no medication. In this article, i will show you how to save your dying plant so it can continue on its beautiful years.

Did you sit the Plant Exam?

Plant Test
Plant Test

1. Know Your Plant

No two plants are the same, meaning that a rose will survive in the cool and yet whither in the sun, but moved to someone else garden and it loves the sun and withers in the cool. You have to treat every single plant in your garden as a unique individual. All plants express different growth and survival characteristic and you must know the plants facts before you go ahead and poke it in the soil and later it start being miserable. Different type of plants survive under different types of growth techniques, try to get as much information about your plant and not just know the name and adore its pretty colors.

Garden Soil
Garden Soil

2. Know your Soil

You ever wonder why sometimes you buy plants and move them from the bag or pot you bought it in and weeks later see it withering away? Sometimes the plant is trying to adjust to a new soil and air environment. Plants sold at plant stores or grown in less polluted environments such as the country side tend to do pretty well as the environment which they are in fosters natural and enlightening growth. Your soil will determine how green or fruitful your plants are. Soil with depleted nutritional values that the plants need will foster less attractive growth of plants and any fruits of the plant. If you have a plant that seems to be dying after a movement of soil and environment, try to supplement you current soil with plant foods and fertilizers or try adding different soil types.

Soil Types

  • Sand is the largest particle in the soil. It is the roughest soil type because each particle has sharp edges.Sand does not hold as many nutrients as other soil types.
  • Silt is a soil particle whose size is between sand and clay. Silt feels smooth and powdery. When wet it feels smooth but not sticky.
  • Clay is the smallest of particles. Clay is smooth when dry and sticky when wet. Soils high in clay content are called heavy soils. Clay also can hold a lot of nutrients, but doesn't let air and water through it well.

Texture of Soil

Those three soil types are the general soil types. You can change the texture of soil by adding any of the soil type to your current garden soil. Changing texture can help in providing the right conditions needed for plant growth.

Plant Tip - Too much of Anything Not Good

Remember that plants just need the right amount of substances need to survive and grow healthy. Too much of anything is never good. (Not even money)

  • Too much water will rot away plant roots and thus the plant will eventually die.
  • Too much Sunlight will deplete soil moisture and the plant will not be properly hydrated and will eventually wither and die.
  • Don't apply too much pesticide, saturated pesticide will seep into soil and thus affecting plant growth and fruit development.

3. How is You Garden Space

There are some plants that are not grown well when it is jammed in crowded space or if other plants are toppling over it, reducing the amount of sunlight that it may need. Many gardens suffer from this very same symptom. People buy beautiful plants and jammed pack them so tight that the plants have no room to mature, spread it's leaf and grow properly.There are some plants that do not need all that elbow room and grow in shrubs, those are a different kettle of fish. They like the closeness of each other and make good linings. Some plants will not stand for this and require that nothing else is literally breathing over their shoulders.

Remember, crowding makes a sad plant and a sad plant leads to a dying plant. Give your flowers in your garden some breathing room. If you notice certain plants not doing well in the tight space, remove it and trying potting it first and see how well it performs, after-all, it may just need a breath of fresh air.

4. Become a Plant Whisperer - Talk to your Plant

Let your plant be your shrink! Talk to your plants, it is not a silly gesture. We as humans talk to a whole host of creatures, we talk to dogs, cats, dolphins, fish and even our cars. Plants love to hear nice things, especially indoor plants. They even react to how you feel. Tell them good morning when you wake and how pretty they look, it will be appreciated. You may even see a sparkling difference in growth.

(In a 1986 interview, England's Prince Charles discussed his gardening habits, commenting "I just come and talk to the plants, really.)

5. Pesticides Kills Not only Pest!

Pesticides are poisons: they kill the particular pest that they are intended to kill, but then they seep into the soil or into water systems, where they can kill other needed insects, can be ingested by fish or other aquatic life, and from there be ingested by birds or larger animals. A buildup of residual pesticides in a given area can do tremendous damage to the entire ecosystem.

You don't want you plants to become "pesticide junkies." do not over spray plants with pesticide, try to avoid too much pesticide being sucked unto your soil. We don't want good things like earthworms dieing out of those soils. We don't want pesticides within the plant itself, soaked in soil and sucked up in roots. If you suspected that you are slowly poisoning your plant with pesticide:

  1. Stop using the Pesticide
  2. Remove plant from pesticide soaked soil
  3. Wash roots and replant in a nutrient rich soil area or remove soaked pesticide soil and add fresh nutritious soil and replant.

6 Who is in My Neighborhood

The Garden is the neighborhood of our plants, some plants don't get along well with each other and some plants are bullies that cause other plants to be scared and not grow well or just simply die. Plants that live peacefully and in harmony with each other are companion plants.

Companion Planting

  • There are some plants which thrive when planted close to each other in the garden. These compatible plants work together to improve each others health. They coincide and share nutrients to lesson competition for such. They repel bad insects and some attract beneficial ones.

The Bad Neighbors

  • Just as good combinations exist in companion planting, there are vegetables and flower plants that make bad neighbors. These perform poorly when planted close to each other.You will find that two heavy nutriment needing plants may compete for soil nutrient, this is a bad thing, because what eventually happens is that the stronger will outshine the weaker and eating up all the nutrient while the other wither away and dies. Some plants produce and release chemical substances into the soil that stagnates the growth or germination of other plants. Unhealthy plants are more susceptible to diseases and pest.

Planning Your Garden - Saves Plants Life

When ever you decide on creating a vegetable or flower garden, it will take some planning as there are many factors in having a successful garden. Know what you want from the garden and the amount of time planned to take care of that garden. Understand your plants and soil types and don't uses excessive pesticide. Talk to you plants, play them music and witness the miracle of having a beautiful, budding and healthy garden.

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    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      4 years ago from Jamaica

      Yes PaigSr, That is an option in some cases. It also depends on the type of plant as some prosper better outdoors with the proper outdoor climate and, earth soil and pollination

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      4 years ago from State of Confusion

      For my wife the best way to save a plant is to get it outside into the ground. Inside it's a short shelf life. But I didn't say that.

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      4 years ago

      Hi I have successfully grown toatmo plant from seed they are kept in my greenhouse as they are in large pots I do make sure they are watered well as they tend to dry out quickly and the toatmos are doing well. also feed every 4 days but I will be away on holiday would it be ok to bring the the plants outside the greenhouse thank you for advice and also for my toatmo club news emails

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      Frank Atanacio 

      5 years ago from Shelton

      Clive I find the information here useful.. easy to follow ..voted up and useful :)

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Sheilmyers, i take my own advice, and that's something many people don't do. I have a nice garden and have experienced plant death and have always wondered why some plants are not surviving well with others. But i must say that i am actually an experienced Gardner now and has grown some lovely plants, for myself and others. I love nature!

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      5 years ago

      So far I haven't had any problems getting the plants to grow and survive in my landscaping. If I do start having problems, I'll remember your advice. I'd hate to pay good money for plants and take the time to plant them only to have them die.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks Ben Zoltak, those beers and wines better be of good quality!

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      Ben Zoltak 

      5 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Great article voted up and interesting. I only transplant my houseplant soil maybe once a year, wish I had time for more. I feed them old beer or wine wants in awhile.

      I look forward to reading more.


    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      LisaKeating, yes, please do and let me know how it goes

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      5 years ago

      Thanks for this valuable information. I have several plants in need of healing. I hate seeing them wither away. I will try some of your suggestions.

    • clivewilliams profile imageAUTHOR

      Clive Williams 

      5 years ago from Jamaica

      Thanks DealForLiving, well whatever blessings you get is what works for you and you do well at your writings too. Hope to have more great hubbers and writers like yourself come on board. Thanks

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      Sam Deal 

      5 years ago from Earth

      Really good article! I'm surprised at your writing range - I can only write about mobile gaming and deals as it were.


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