Save Your Wilting Houseplants

My mom has quite the green thumb. She spends hours working on her beautiful garden and her indoor plants are thriving. I, however, lack her plant-growing skills and have found my indoor plants quickly wilting and dying due to my lack of care. However, I don’t give up because I love having fresh plants in my home – they are beautiful and add so much to my environment! For those of you who, like me, find that busy schedules and neglect have brought your indoor plants to the brink of death, there is hope! I have provided some healthy tips that will assist you in nurturing your indoor plants so they can be brought back to thriving, lush life.

What To Look For

  • Wilting, shriveled flowers and/or leaves
  • Yellowing, dropping leaves
  • Dry soil
  • Soaking wet soil or standing water

Healthy Tips

  • Begin with a healthy plant, bought from a good nursery or garden center.
  • Talk to someone you know who is good with plants and ask them to show you the right amount of water for your particular plant. Overwatering is one of the biggest reasons for dying potted plants.
  • Look for good potting soil containing time-release fertilizers at your local garden nursery.
  • To avoid your plant getting root-bound, find larger pots when your plant grows and fills out it’s existing pot.
  • Don’t be afraid to pinch off dead leaves or flowers. Doing this actually makes room for new growth shoots to come through.
  • Talk to someone at your local garden nursery for plant advise and emergency care for your specific plant species.
  • Try to come up with a watering schedule (write it down!) so you don’t forget while in the midst of a busy schedule.

Pat Mulford •