7/3/17

A 3-Step Remedy for Struggling Plants


By on 7/03/2017 04:51:00 AM

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Every gardener knows the experience of having one or two plants around the garden which just don’t seem to want to grow. If you are currently experiencing this trouble, then you are probably wondering what you can do to improve the situation. Probably the first rule of thumb is not to panic. When you over-worry, it often means that you fuss over it too much, and this can easily lead to you actually causing more harm than the amount you are helping it. However, you'll want to take some kind of action, and that is where this post comes in. Let’s look at some of the best ways to deal with struggling plants, and get them back to life.

Check The Light Levels.  One of the first things you will want to double-check is how much light they are receiving. Amateur gardeners often fall into the trap of thinking that all plants need as much sunlight as possible. Actually, this is not the case all the time. Plants vary widely, and you always need to check how much light each particular plant is likely to want. The best way to do this is to check on the label when you buy it - or you can carry out some online research. Failing that, consider asking around with any green-fingered friends you might have. Getting the light levels is paramount, and once you start to think along these lines you might find that the layout of the garden changes dramatically.


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Bring Them Indoors.  Sometimes, it will be necessary to bring about a much bigger change in order to save a dying plant. This is usually when it is in a particularly bad way, and it’s not usually something you want to do until you are absolutely certain that it is right for that particular plant. However, if a plant is struggling and you know it does well indoors, then doing so just might save it. Once the plants are in, you’ll have to find a way to replicate the light levels, or simulate an environment much more suited to that individual species. If you like, you could bring in a number of plants and set up an indoor garden. Done right, this can be an amazing project which is bound to be every bit as exciting and enjoyable as a normal spate of gardening outside.
 
Change The Soil.  It is amazing how many would-be gardeners completely overlook the importance of getting the soil right. Again, different plants enjoy different things. One of the main checks you need to carry out in your soil is testing the pH; certain plants like a more acidic soil, others prefer alkaline. If you do need to change the soil a little, it might be easier than you think. Adding a little chalk will make a soil more alkaline, and adding lime will work in a similar way. For more acidity, you might need to find some good quality loam and introduce that into the compost.


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Angela is a freelance writer and blogger, blessed with 3 daughters, 4 cats, 1 needy dog, and 1 very supportive husband.

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