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Killer Education – How to Revive a Dried Plant

Have you ever had that “Oh, yeah. I have plants.” feeling? This usually happens when you come back from a vacation and your poor plant is clinging on to its last few leaves and screaming for water.

Many people give up on their plants and throw it into the dumpster but there are times when a plant can be revived and still lead a long healthy life. Here is a dried Croton: Let’s see what we can do to help him out.
1 – Remove dead material. Remember not to pull the leaves off if they don’t fall freely from the plant when you touch it. There is a good chance you will end up tearing the plant so clip, don’t pull.


2- Once you have the plant clean it’s time to fill up the sink with lukewarm water.


There. About that much: 2-3“


3- Place your plant in the water and pour more water over the top to ensure a thorough and even watering. Allow to soak for 30 min.


4- Drain the water from the sink and allow excess water to run out of the bottom of the pot. When you are certain there won’t be any more water seeping from the bottom you can move your plant to a place with indirect bright light and wait…


5 – Remember that your plant won’t immediately recover from drying out. Fertilize your plant lightly after the leaves appear and keep the soil moist (but not wet). This process works for most plants but I’ve had the most success reviving plants with a hard stem. If your plant has all of its leaves coming from the base it might not bounce back as quickly but it’s definitely worth a shot.
Good luck with yours!

Killer Education – How to Save a Over Watered Plant

Photo from UW-Extension Cooperative Extension

Photo from UW-Extension Cooperative Extension

Have you ever had one of those plants that wilts no matter how many time you water it? Is the soil always wet but the plant never perks up? Chances are your plant wasn’t as thirsty as you thought.

Everyone knows plants get water from the soil by using their roots but when the soil stays wet for too long the roots die off and when the roots die off the plant can’t take up water and if the plant can’t take up water IT WILTS!

So, you’re plant doesn’t have any roots. Now what?

First, place it in a shady spot and stop watering it. Then allow it to dry out so that the top inch of soil is bone dry. When you do water, make sure to water until it flows out the bottom and wait for it to dry before watering it again. This will refresh the soil with oxygen and clean water to help new roots grow.