How to revive almost any dead plant

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It has happened to all of us. In this learning process towards obtaining our garden, we will find that in some of our plants, the foliage turns brown and the leaves look weaker, or even that many have fallen, and we find no apparent cause. .

Unless our plant is being attacked by some disease or plague, the most common causes of its weakening are excess or lack of sun, excess or lack of irrigation, or a lack of nutrients in the soil.

However, do not be alarmed prematurely; If the stems are still flexible and if it has a few leaves that are still green, we may still have time to save it.

A good way to make a quick diagnosis is to carefully check the inside of the stem; Although it may look parched, if inside its color is green, the plant is still alive and can recover.

Below we will share some tips that may be useful to give our plants "one more life".

Dry plants

Irrigation problems

Too much water makes the leaves weak and yellowish; the lack of this also causes them to become brownish, but their edges will look dry or rolled.

If the substrate is found to be excessively humid, it should be transplanted to another place with drier soil; If the soil is very dry, you just have to water it, without adding fertilizers (at least for now).

Lighting problems

If a plant has stopped growing, or is growing very slowly, it is probably due to decreased sunlight.

The same can happen with a plant that is receiving too much light; Perhaps it is a species that requires semi-shady places, such as bulbous ones, and in that case it should be located in a darker place.

Nutrition problems

If it is not enough to modify the irrigation and sun exposure conditions, it may be time to incorporate nutrients into the soil that can be absorbed by the plant.
We can use organic fertilizers, such as fruit peels, vegetable scraps, egg shells, coffee grounds, or some of the commonly marketed synthetics.
It is important to use them with caution, since too much or the use of the wrong fertilizer can cause the roots of the plant to burn.
Also, fertilizers should be added during the spring and summer, when the plant is in the growth stage.

Finally, it is important to take into account the living space that the plant needs for its normal development and growth.
If it has been some time since our plant is in its original container, it may be time to transplant it to a larger pot.

If you have already produced suckers, it is important to separate them properly from the mother plant, so that they can develop and do not end up being weakened by the lack of living space and nutrients.

Although it may seem obvious, there are plants that completely lose their aerial part during the rest period, which can lead to the erroneous conclusion that their life cycle has ended, when in reality the bulb or rhizome is only accumulating nutrients to return to sprout in spring; it is important to know the particular characteristics of our plants.

If you've already tried everything and your plant hasn't revived yet, it may be time to integrate it into your compost pile.
It must be borne in mind that in nature everything is recycled, and that nothing is completely lost; the parts of this plant that are being returned to the earth today will be transformed into nutrients for a new plant.

Homemade compost

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