How do you save a dying foliage plant?

Answered by Douglas Hiatt

Well, I’m not a plant expert, but I have had some experience with saving dying foliage plants. Here are a few things I have tried that have worked for me:

1. Assess the damage: Take a close look at your plant and identify any dying leaves or stems. These are the parts that you will need to remove. Use a pair of clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to carefully cut back the damaged areas. Be sure to leave at least a few healthy leaves on the plant, as these are needed to absorb sunlight and carry out photosynthesis.

2. Check the drainage: One common reason for foliage plants to struggle is poor drainage. Make sure that your plant’s container has drainage holes at the bottom. If not, consider repotting it into a container with proper drainage. Excess water sitting in the soil can lead to root rot and other problems for the plant.

3. Adjust watering: Once you have addressed the drainage issue, it’s important to water your plant properly. Overwatering can suffocate the roots and cause them to rot, while underwatering can lead to dehydration. Find the right balance by checking the moisture level of the soil. Stick your finger about an inch into the soil – if it feels dry, it’s time to water. If it still feels moist, hold off on watering for a few more days.

4. Provide adequate light: Foliage plants generally thrive in bright, indirect light. Make sure your plant is placed in a location where it can receive enough sunlight. If your plant is not getting enough light, it may start to droop or lose leaves. Consider moving it closer to a window or providing supplemental artificial light if needed.

5. Consider fertilization: Once your plant starts showing signs of recovery and new growth, you may want to give it an extra boost with a general water-soluble fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging for the correct dilution ratio and frequency of application. Be careful not to over-fertilize, as this can damage the plant’s roots.

Remember, saving a dying foliage plant requires patience and care. It may take some time for the plant to bounce back, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. Keep monitoring the plant’s progress and make adjustments as needed.