Indoor plants bring life and beauty to our homes, but they can be more delicate than they appear. If your favourite plant is looking worse for wear, don’t despair! Here are six essential steps to help revive your plant and bring it back to health.

How to save a dying houseplant before its too late:

1. Repot your plant

Start by giving your plant a fresh start in a new pot. Choose a high-quality indoor plant potting mix and a pot that’s slightly wider than the current one.


This provides fresh nutrients and more space for the roots to grow. If the plant is dehydrated, consider adding water-storing crystals to the potting mix to help retain moisture.

2. Trim your plant

Damaged roots can struggle to support a large plant. By trimming back some of the leaves, you reduce the stress on the roots, allowing them to recover and strengthen. Use clean, sharp scissors or pruning shears to remove any dead or dying leaves.

3. Move your plant

Assess the light conditions your plant is currently receiving. If the leaves are dry, brittle, or have light or dark patches, your plant might be getting too much sunlight. Conversely, small and pale leaves indicate insufficient light. Move your plant to a spot with better-suited light conditions, avoiding direct sunlight for plants that prefer shade.

4. Water your plant properly

Check the soil moisture to determine if your plant needs watering. If the soil is dry and the leaves are brittle, it’s time to water. Water the plant gently until the soil feels damp, and then place the pot in a shallow bowl of water for about 10 minutes to allow the roots to soak up the moisture.


On the other hand, if the plant has been overwatered, let the soil dry out a bit before watering again. Adjust your watering routine based on the plant’s needs, especially during the winter months when many plants require less water.

5. Feed your plant

Provide your plant with a nutrient boost by applying an appropriate fertilizer. Be sure to follow the instructions on the fertilizer package to avoid overfeeding, which can harm the plant. A balanced feeding schedule can significantly improve the health and vitality of your plant.


6. Clean your plant

Insects and dust can impede your plant’s growth. Wipe down the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and potential pests. For a more thorough clean, use a mild soap solution to gently wash the leaves, ensuring no residue is left behind.

Reviving a struggling plant requires patience and care, but with these steps, you can help your indoor greenery thrive again. Remember, every plant is unique, so keep an eye on its specific needs and adjust your care routine accordingly.


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