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How To Revive a Dead or Dying Plant

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Plants require proper care and attention to thrive. Sometimes, even with our best efforts, plants may die. However, with a few simple steps, you can revive a dead plant and bring it back to life. In this article, we will explore some tips on how to revive dead plants. 

Identify if your plant is dying

Before you can revive a dead plant, you need to understand why it died in the first place. Plants die for several reasons, such as over or under-watering, lack of sunlight, poor soil conditions, pests or diseases and root damage. Look for signs that indicate what might have caused the plant to die. For example, if the leaves are yellow or brown, it may indicate that the plant is getting too much or too little water.


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Trim the dying plant

Once you have identified the problem, it is time to trim the plant. Remove any dead or yellow leaves, as they can take away nutrients from the healthy parts of the plant. If any part of the plant is mushy or brown, cut it off with a clean pair of scissors or pruning shears. Be sure to sterilise the tools before using them to prevent the spread of any disease amongst your plants.

Water the dying plant

If the plant dies from lack of water, it is time to give it a good soak. Fill a bucket or container with water and let the plant soak for at least an hour. This will give the roots a chance to absorb the water and begin to recover. Be sure to drain any excess water after soaking, as waterlogged roots can also cause damage to the plant.

Repot the plant

If the soil is poor or damaged, youm, must re-pot the plant. Choose a pot slightly larger than the previous one and fill it with fresh soil. Loosen the roots gently to remove damaged or dead ones. Place the plant in the new pot and water it thoroughly.


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Provide the right environment

Plants need the right environment to thrive, including the right amount of light, water, and nutrients. Make sure the plant is in a spot with enough sunlight or artificial light, depending on the plant's needs. Indoor plants can be especially finicky if left in the wrong environment. Check the soil regularly and water the plant when the top inch of the soil feels dry. Fertilise the plant with a balanced fertiliser every few weeks to give it the nutrients it needs to grow.

Be patient

Reviving a dead plant takes time and patience. It may take several weeks or even months to see any growth signs. Be sure to continue to care for the plant and monitor its progress. If the plant does not show any signs of recovery after a few months, it may be time to accept that it cannot be revived.


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If your plant is dying, do not fret! Reviving a dead plant is possible with the proper care and attention. Using our steps, you can give your plant a new lease of life and enjoy the beauty of nature in your home. If you're looking to replace a plant or gift one, order indoor plants with Interflora and enjoy Australia-wide delivery.

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