Common Reasons Why Your Plants Keep Dying
As a plant lover, you may get mystified why your plants keep dying even after providing the necessary care and love to them. Your plants won’t die until there is something seriously bothering them. Keep reading to find out more about reasons that lead to your plants’ death and how to cope with them.
Overwatering is a very typical mistake almost every gardener makes while caring for their plants. Few plants can tolerate excessive watering in common potting conditions, even the tropical houseplants that we like to keep potted indoors. As per the rule of thumb, you need to wait until the top one inch of the soil dries out completely. Your plants will show obvious signs of being thirsty such as wilting or drooping leaves. Generally, you must not water your houseplants until they ask for it.
Overwatering and bad drainage systems are closely related, and it's very difficult to draw a distinctive line between them. However, there is no doubt poor drainage can kill many of your beloved plants. If your poorly drained plants' container includes old potting soil or root bound plants, it can easily keep extra water in the container's bottom part. It will cause the roots to stay in water for a long time and leads to root rot. It's very important to empty the tray after watering your plants to avoid root rot.
It's a common thing that happens to many plant owners that after about one or two years of care, their great-looking and thriving plants start to die for no good reason. In most cases, it's due to the root-bound plants not getting enough nutrients from the soil as there are none left. It's not mandatory to repot all your plants every year, but it's good to check frequently all your root-bound plants.
Using Old Potting Soil
Using the same old plant container is closely associated with not repotting. Most of the potting soils contain peat that breaks down completely and turns out to be more acidic. As soon as the peat breaks down, the water and oxygen won't get to immerse the root area fully, and the plant starts to starve badly even your watering schedule remains the same as before. The best way to escape this is to repot your plants in a new pot when needed, or you can take cuttings if the plant is too old.
Most of the plants are very adaptable when they receive the right amount of watering and drainage conditions. Plants with healthy and robust root zone will tolerate variations in temperatures, unsuited lighting conditions, and even below-ideal light levels. In that way, plants seem similar to houses as they also require a strong base to grow big. That said, providing your plants with a great amount of sunlight and an ideal quantity of plant fertiliser will allow them to thrive perfectly. However, if you think your plants are dying at an unusual rate, perhaps it's time to get some tougher plants variety to add to your houseplants collection.