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Reviving Damaged Plants

Most gardeners feel deeply saddened when plants wilt, decline or worse yet, die. While Summer temperatures rise, the plants and flowers may suffer from lack of water, leaf sunburns and an excess amount of heat. 


If your plants look like they’re on their last legs, please remember that appearances can be deceiving. As it happens, it is possible to bring them back from the underworld. All you need to know are the basics tricks of the trade. 

Water Plants Correctly

It may sound silly, but lots of people get this simple plant watering wrong. Yes, spraying them with a hosepipe is an excellent way to boost their drinking needs and encourage them to re-grow their leaves or new shoots. This helpful video is super easy and fast to watch and quite frankly, even I had to brush up on some basics of watering during the Summer heat.

Remove The Dead Parts

A plant or flower may look completely damaged, however, the looks might be deceiving. Instead, only a section of the plant is affected and other parts are still healthy and viable. Professor Leyser, of the University of York’s Department of Biology, said: “It is well known that the main growing shoot of a plant can inhibit the growth of the shoots below – that’s why we prune to encourage the growth of branches”. To offer them a fighting chance, it is best to prune the dead foliage and trim away the excess of dead leaves. The reason is simple: new growth competition. Leaves compete with one another to bloom by releasing a chemical called auxin. If there is already too much of this chemical in the stem, the living leaves cannot grow further.


Check On Plants Daily

Responsible gardeners do not leave their plants alone. They keep a constant check and observe plants on their progress. My way of visiting plants is to walk among the rows of plants, touching them, lifting their leaves up and checking underneath the leaves for possible unwelcomed intruders. At the same time, I can evaluate if the plant had enough water that day. In the Summertime, certain signs such as yellow leaves, brown spots, wilted flowers, might mean the area gets too much sun and needs shelter. Drooping implies there is a lack of water in the soil. For more assistance to your garden, try adding compost or organic fertilizer to your garden dirt.


Grow Companion Plants

Why should we grow companion plants? To scare the pests that might damage your plants. Some pests love eating new greenery and emerging shoots. Popular combinations for the vegetable garden are garlic and tomatoes, basil and tomatoes, lettuce and strawberries, rosemary and cabbage, beets and sage, and of course, marigold flower’s odor repels pests, such as aphids, beetles, and soil nematodes away.


Have a very green and full of vitality day, my dear friends.


Photographs listed here do not belong to Luda @PlantsandBeyond.com





47 thoughts on “Reviving Damaged Plants

  1. I have been gardening for a very long time and I must say that reading your interesting post I learned quite a few new things to help me make further improvements in the care of our plants and flowers. Thank you very much, Luda!


  2. Love this!! I spent my childhood watching my mom pick up the discounted, dying plants from the nursery and then nurture them back to life. It taught me from an early age not to give up on plants too soon. With a little TLC, the come back even stronger and more beautiful. 🙂

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  3. Some more helpful tips. I am in charge of dad’s plants this week, so I’ll make sure and watch the videos and follow your advice.

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      1. I have a problem with pots of annuals, because the roots are not at the bottom of the pots, but near the top. But some are deeper than others (such as the larger central plant). Any ideas?

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  4. We like instant gratification, and if the plant looks dead or damaged we tent to be quick to pull it up, throw it away and put in a new one. Patience and tender loving care for these damaged living things goes a long way, though. Yes, it takes more work but usually pays off at the end of the day. Tincture of time has some wonderful healing powers!

    Great and useful information!

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    1. Love your creative expression: tincture of time 🙂 and you are so right – not everyone has patience , it’s quite rare quality in this high pace society- it’s a great trade to possess and plants sure will flourish and thrive from such dedicated care. Thank you for your comment , EWF☀️🌿✨🌿☀️


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