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Outdoor Plants Are Wilting But the Soil is Still Moist

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Keeping your garden well-watered is a smart step in maintaining healthy plants, but other culprits than water stress can cause wilting. Over-watering contributes to wilting almost as much as under-watering, and plant roots need more than just water to survive. A moist garden can also lead to fungal and bacterial diseases that make leaves and flowers brown and droop. Identifying the problem, eliminating sick plants and making sure your soil is aerated and well-drained can help keep your garden green.

Soil Aeration

Plant roots need air to survive, and over-watering leaves little room for air in the soil. This is especially true of heavy clay soils, which tend to compact more easily than light, sandy soils. Besides wilting, symptoms of waterlogging and lack of air include dry, yellow foliage, twig dieback and leaves dropping from the plant. Aerate the soil, improve drainage and reduce watering to remedy the problem. Keep in mind that small plants need watering before the soil goes dry, while large shrubs and trees should have dry soil several inches deep before they receive a thorough watering.

Depth of Watering

Feeling that the topsoil is moist is no guarantee that the water is reaching every part of the root zone. A light sprinkling of water only dampens the top of the soil, leaving most of the root system dry. Different types of soil absorb water at different rates. For instance, one inch of water applied to sandy soil can quickly sink 12 inches, while that same inch of water may only sink 4 to 5 inches in clay soil — and take a long time to do it. A slow trickle or drip irrigation may be the best approach to deliver water to plant roots in such soils.

Wilt Disease

Another potential culprit could be a Fusarium or Verticillium fungal disease. These infections affect broadleaf plants, particularly those fed high-nitrogen fertilizer or planted in excessively moist soil. In addition to wilting, you may also notice yellow streaks on leaves and dying branches. Unfortunately, the fungus can survive in the soil without a host plant, so ridding your garden of a fungal infection can be challenging. Fungicide application and professional soil fumigation can help control or destroy it. You can also replace affected plants with varieties that are resistant to fungal disease.

Bacterial Soft Rots

Many plants, including daffodils, geraniums, lilacs and carnations, are susceptible to bacterial soft rots. As affected tissue browns and turns to mush with rot, leaves develop spots and eventually wilt. An easy way to identify bacterial soft rot is by the unpleasant odor the affected plants emanate. Remove affected plants and replace them with healthy cuttings. To cure your garden, make sure your soil is well-drained and avoid wetting the leaves and flowers of your plants, as too much water — particularly on above-ground plant parts — contributes to rot. Maintain good sanitation by removing plant litter around susceptible plants and pulling infected plants out promptly.

Outdoor Plants Are Wilting But the Soil is Still Moist. Keeping your garden well-watered is a smart step in maintaining healthy plants, but other culprits than water stress can cause wilting. Over-watering contributes to wilting almost as much as under-watering, and plant roots need more than just water to survive. A …

20 Hacks That Will Bring Your Dead (or Dying) Plant Back to Life

April 22, 2019 Doug Murray

20 Hacks That Will Bring Your Dead (or Dying) Plant Back to Life

A sure way of letting your ego take a knock is to care for a plant that then goes and dies on you. However, all is not lost. Often a plant that looks quite dead still has a bit of life in it and will almost miraculously start growing again with the right care. Here are 20 hacks that will bring your dead plant back to life.

Find Out if the Plant is Actually Dead First

Find Out if the Plant is Actually Dead First

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Just because a plant’s leaves are dried out and papery doesn’t mean the plant is beyond saving. Check the stems and roots for signs of life. They should be pliable and firm and the stems should be greenish on the inside if you’re going to have any hope of reviving the plant. If the stems and roots are mushy and brittle, the plant is dead and can’t be saved.

Find Out if the Plant is Actually Dead First

Just because a plant’s leaves are dried out and papery doesn’t mean the plant is beyond saving. Check the stems and roots for signs of life. They should be pliable and firm and the stems should be greenish on the inside if you’re going to have any hope of reviving the plant. If the stems and roots are mushy and brittle, the plant is dead and can’t be saved.

A sure way of letting your ego take a knock is to care for a plant that then goes and dies on you. However, all is not lost. Often a plant that looks quite dead still has a bit of life in it and will almost miraculously start growing again with the right care. Here are 20 hacks that will bring your dead plant back to life.