Sometimes it can feel like an uphill struggle to keep certain houseplants alive and healthy. Whether it be down to a fussy watering schedule, changes in climate, or even unforeseen changes in the surrounding area, it can seem like certain plants collapse in the blink of an eye.
Luckily, there are a few things you might not have considered which might be contributing towards your green leafy friends’ demise. Trying out these small changes could be the key to finally restoring their health, and providing them with a long and happy life.
1. Your air quality might not be ideal
Air quality is vital to keeping your plants growing healthily. Air that suffers from a high concentration of pollutants, fluctuating temperatures, or incorrect humidity levels could be disastrous to the wellbeing of your plants. All plants have different needs, and some are pickier than others, so it’s vital that you do your research for each of your plant’s individual needs.
As a general rule of thumb, it’s always worth double-checking the status of your air filtration and conditioning systems and ringing up an AC duct cleaning specialist to clear out any dust, mold, or bacteria that may be compromising the purity of your air.
If humidity is a problem (either in excess or scarcity) then it might be worth investing in a humidifier or dehumidifier to remedy the issue.
2. Your plants could be crowded
As lovely as a crowded windowsill or potting shelf of greenery can aesthetically be, this isn’t necessarily the ideal environment for your plants to develop. Overcrowding your plants can have a range of unintended ill effects, such as fostering the growth of pest populations, the sharing of infections, and even a blockage of sunlight.
Each plant needs sufficient space to grow without the danger of suffocation, so it’s usually a good idea to give each plant a designated place in which it can expand without any encroaching neighbours.
A tangentially related issue which many plants may face is the spread of disease through communal water. Re-using any runoff water from your plants can be a thrifty way to make efficient use of your resources, but on the other hand, this is responsible for the transfer of a lot of contaminants which may be very harmful. When in doubt, get some fresh water, and give your plants the room they need.
3. They might be growing too quickly
It’s hard to monitor the growth of our plants below the soil level, but sometimes rapid root growth can be the culprit behind early decay.
Re-potting can be a difficult and time-consuming process, but the results often speak for themselves. When given the room they need to expand properly, certain plants can truly flourish in the correct conditions.
Very often, plants are sold in cheap, insufficient, and small containers which lack the resources needed to allow long-term success. By investing a little bit of time, money, and effort into giving your plants a better home, you’ll find that their health might skyrocket.