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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!

Plant Obituary – Herschel


Herschel ? – 01/16/13

Herschel, a tomato of some sort, was found dead in the basement of Jeff’s new house on top of an old broken dryer. Though Jeff knows little about the life of Herschel he assumes he would have enjoyed the basement at first because it had plenty of spiders and other unwelcomed wildlife to keep him company through the damp, cold days. Despite the horrible dampness in the basement, Herschel eventually dried to the point of no return.

Jeff, a construction worker, is sad that he didn’t get to know Herschel before his death because he really likes tomatoes. A lot.

Herschel will be buried in Jeff’s compost pile and used to fertilize his future tomato plants.


Plant Obituary – Fred

Fred 06/2006 - ?

Fred 06/2006 – ?

Fred, a red dragon palm died quietly after being forgotten behind some books on an office shelf. Jim, a mechanic, feels alright about it because he didn’t even want Fred in the first place and will be dumping him behind the shop after lunch.

Fred enjoyed reading safety manuals and collecting dust. Luckily his memory will live on in the magical world of the internets.


Plant Obituary – Angie


Angie 04/2010 – 12/2011

Angie, a variegated ginger died a horrible and slow death by under watering. Owner Steve, a greenhouse worker, is ashamed of killing Angie because he grows plants for a living.

Favorite memories: Angie loved driving cars, racing cars and rebuilding classic cars. We’ll never forget her first time in a Dodge Charger.