Why do house plants often die?

Growing indoor plants is good for physical, mental and spatial health, but oftentimes, dead plants make homeowners bewildered.

Of course, trees do not die naturally. In fact, houseplants often die for a number of common and preventable reasons.

Too much water

Overwatering is a common mistake homeowners make. We often think that plants need a lot of water but actually even tropical plants don’t need daily watering. You should only water when the plant needs it, that is, when the top layer of soil is completely dry or the leaves are slightly drooping.

Poor drainage system

Poor drainage is when water is trapped at the bottom of the pot, causing the roots to become waterlogged and easy to die. This is easy to happen if you put the dish under the pot without emptying the excess water after watering. Soil that is too tight or pots without drainage holes can also lead to this condition.

To avoid waterlogged plants, choose well-draining pots like terracotta pots and a well-drained soil mix. Don’t forget, only water when the plant is thirsty.

Lack of water

This situation often appears when the owner neglects the tree. Pay attention to the signs of the plants as well as the weather to adjust the watering frequency.

Plants often die due to irrigation and drainage problems. If these two factors are taken care of, the plant can still grow even when the lighting conditions are not ideal. Image: The Spruce

No repotting

If the plant is beautiful for a year or two and then weakens for no reason, it’s likely that the soil isn’t getting enough nutrients and the pot has become too tight for the roots. Not all plants need to be replanted every year, but you need to regularly check for long-rooted species.

When repotting, change the soil for the plant as well instead of using the old soil. Over time, the soil will become more acidic and difficult to bring water and oxygen to the roots, causing the plant to gradually starve.

Thu Nguyet (According to The Spruce)


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