Anyone who has tried being a plant mom/dad has at one point of time asked themselves, ‘Why is my plant dying?’ Not everyone has a green thumb. It hurts, nevertheless, to watch our babies wither, wilt or worse, die. We consulted our friends at Lazy Gardener and they told us that despite what we may think, plants need extra care and attention. It is possible that our negligence (or even overenthusiasm) may be killing them.

However, before you start implementing these tips, you should probably check if your wilted plant in the backyard is dead or not. Here is a simple way to do it. Check the stem. If it’s solid and pliable, there is still hope left. If it’s mushy and rotting, check the roots next. Check If they are still good, you can cut off the stem and start afresh. However, if the roots are dried up, it may be time to accept defeat. 

Here are 5 reasons your plant may be dying and what you can do about it.

#1: Ask Yourself If the Problem is the Placement

Give your plant sufficient sunlight

Potted plants should be moved to a space where they get as much sunlight as possible. Insufficient sunlight slows down plant growth and in a few cases, completely stunts it. The basic laws of photosynthesis should be kept in mind with this rule or you’d be often left grappling with the ‘why is my plant dying’ conundrum.

#2: The Most Common Solution to ‘Why is my Plant Dying’ Is Changing Your Watering Pattern

Overwatering plants can kill plants as it can wash away nutrients

If you water your plants daily but are still faced with a ‘why my plants are dying’ worry, then we have news for you. Both overwatering or underwatering your plants can have an adverse impact on plants. Overwatering washes away their essential nutrients while underwatering makes the soil dry. Do your research on how much watering your plants need. Also, make sure to take extra care of the plants in the morning when the soil is warmed by sunlight.

#3: Did You Consider Dusting Your Plants?

Dust your plants so they can consume optimal sunlight

‘Why are my outdoor plants dying’, you ask? Maybe you need to double-check that they are soaking all that sunlight they are exposed to. This is a common mistake a lot of plant parents make. You need to make sure that your plants are at an optimal capacity to soak as much sunlight as possible. Thus, cleaning them with a damp, soft cloth is ideal to keep them pretty and well fed.

This also includes getting rid of dead leaves or stems as they can clog the roots as well as invite fungus and infections. It is also important to weed out the pot from time to time. These weeds can look like smaller plants you did not plant. However, they can soak up your plant’s nutrients and make it feeble. 

#4: Using Fertiliser May Just Save Your Plants’ Lives

Manure and fertiliser are an extra boost to the plants

Plants also need an extra boost to grow. If you have time, get good manure and fertiliser from the market and try them on your plants for the magic to happen. If you do not have time, just do what we do. Get Lazy Gardner’s Nutisticks and stick it directly in the plant pot. They last up to two months and keep your plants healthy.

#5: Improve Air Quality and Watch Your Plants Thrive

Plants thrive best in purified air 

While plants do help you clean the air in the house, they also need clean air to survive. Unclean air can stunt their growth easily and even cause damage to the roots. Have you left your pot in smoke and pollutants? Then that could explain why your plants are dying. Bring them back in to nurture them back to health. 

While you’re at it, read up on How Not to Kill Your Succulents. This was an eye-opener for us and we’re sure you’ll benefit from it. Wondering how our customers feel about working with Livspace? You can check out the Livspace reviews here!

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