Dealing with a sick plant can be very frustrating.
Below we have a few checks to help you find out why your plants might be failing to thrive.
Pests can cause a huge amount of damage to your plants. Look closely, you might see little bugs on your plant’s stem or leaves, or holes where they have been feeding. To get rid of these bugs, simply mix warm water with a small amount of washing up liquid in a spray bottle. Spray generously on the tops and bottoms of leaves, as well as the stems. This method is effective against many pests, such as aphids, whiteflies and spider mites. If this doesn’t do the trick, store bought pesticide may be the only solution.
It might be obvious when your plants are thirsty, but it isn’t as easy to tell whether your plants are having too much water. To find out whether or not your plants are overwatered, check for leaves that are wilted and yellowed. A soil moisture meter takes the guesswork out of this.
If leaves are turning yellow or getting brown edges or tips, then your plant could be lacking sunlight. Sunlight is essential for plants since it helps them to produce the food that helps them grow (photosynthesis).
Aside from a good amount of sunlight, your plant might need extra minerals in order to look its best.
Plants can develop deficiencies like:
- Zinc deficiency
- Nitrogen deficiency
- Potassium deficiency
- Iron deficiency
If your plants are lacking one of the minerals above, then look for yellowed or discoloured leaves since it is the most common sign of deficiency.
A high quality all purpose plant food will give your plant all the nutrients it requires.
So, in order to maintain your plant’s health, make sure to give it the water, sunlight, and food it requires, and keep an eye out for bugs!