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This is Why Your Plants Keep Dying

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Don’t worry. You’re not alone. I used to be labeled as a plant killer by my friends, too. But after transforming my bedroom into a jungle, I believe everybody has a green thumb, even if they don’t know it yet. The trick is to keep an eye out for universal clues that your plants give you. Once you know what to look for, you’ll have a much easier time keeping your indoor jungle thriving.

The most important part of making sure your plants have the best chance of surviving in your home is the research process before you adopt your new plant. A quick search on apps like Planta about a plant’s specific care details might just save you a headache. But sometimes a plant will just call out to you in the shop’s display, and that call is hard to resist.

To ensure the plant of your dreams will thrive, here are some primary reasons it might be dying along with tips on bringing it back to life.


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The most common reason that houseplants don’t survive is over-watering. If you’re new to plants, you’re naturally going to want to be the best parent you can be. But hovering over your plants and watering them all day isn’t caring for them. It’s harmful.

Their roots can only handle soaking up a certain amount of water. When given too much, they can quickly develop root rot, which is tough to come back from. You’ll know for sure that the plant is getting too much water if you start seeing yellow leaves.

When you first adopt a new plant, try giving it some space. Give it some time to adapt to its new environment. Wait for the soil to dry out a bit before watering.


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On the other hand, you might also be under-watering your plant. It’s all about balance in the botanical world, so learning the signals your plant is giving you is vital. Brown tips and shriveling leaves are common signs of a plant that needs more hydration. Depending on the type of plant, it may need more moisture in the air around it, which you can provide with a humidifier.

If you can’t provide a lot of moisture or enough water to a plant like an alocasia, it might not be the right fit for your space. Many sub-tropical and tropical plant species need a lot of water and moisture in the air. They will crisp up quickly if they don’t get that.

Water Quality

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If your plant is still struggling, the problem might not even be your watering schedule; it could be the water you’re using. In most cases, tap water has a lot of metals, salts, and micro-pollutants in it. Human bodies are naturally equipped to filter most of that out before it builds up into something harmful. The biology of plants, however, doesn’t have that same ability.

Many plants, especially the leafy beauties we see all over Instagram, are susceptible to pollutants that enter their system. Distilled or highly filtered water is usually the go-to option for people who grow more sensitive plants.

Everyone has a green thumb. It’s all about putting in the time to research the plant you adopt and building your confidence to recognize your plant’s needs. A great way to work on that skill is by diving into the plant parenting world with a few easy options before getting into high-maintenance territory.

In no time, you’ll be able to find plants that work for you and grow an entire jungle in your room!

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