Why plants die?
This is very common question for everyone who start garden for first time. We start doing all kind of experiments without knowing any fundamentals.
So, today I am going to give you a clear information on what are the reasons for plants to die. Hope this will be helpful to you guys!!
Why do Plants die?
Here is the list of reasons why actually plants die.
1. Poor Soil:
- Health of the soil is very important; soil needs to be fertile and free from harmful worms.
- The soil needs to be loosened, pressing the soil tight will prevent the roots from breathing. Always choose the pot that can accommodate the root of plants once grown, else you have to re-pot it.
- Your soil has to be of the right pH level for your plants to grow well. It should not be too acidic or too alkaline. pH range of 6-7 is most appropriate.
- Try using our potting mix for better results, it is having 12 rich nutrients that plant require for the growth.
- Different plants require different amount of water. Some plants need to be watered everyday while others only once in a week.
- If your plant has brown spots or the leaves are soggy and rotten, then you are giving too much water to your plants.
3. Poor Drainage
- A common reason for plants dying is bad drainage. The soil or the potting mixture should be porous enough to allow the water to drain out.
- Make sure the drain hole is not blocked, once you pour the water the soil should absorb the water and let the excess to drain out through the hole.
- Try our potting mix which is lite and porous
- Different plants need different amount of sunlight. Indoor plants need little sunlight whereas plants like roses require full sunlight.
- If the leaves are becoming dry and brittle, this means that there is too much sunlight for the plant. Try keeping it in semi-shade for a few days.
- Yellowing of leaves occurs when the plant is receiving lesser sunlight. Shift the plant to a place which receives ample sunlight.
4. Pest and Disease
Certain diseases and pests can cause plants to die suddenly. Regularly checking the growth of the plant and spraying it with organic pesticides like Neem Oil can help in preventing such incidents.
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Any over dose of medicine will obviously have adverse effects on us. Likewise overdosing your plant with too much fertilizers/compost will cause death of the plant.
Younger plants only need a smaller portion of fertilizer. Always remember to mix the fertilizer properly with soil, otherwise pure concentrated fertilizer may choke and kill the plant.
Once your plant has grown up a little, you would have to regularly nourish it with compost- at least once every 2-3 months.
Again, not enough nutrition can also cause the plant to die out.
5. Natural Course
Like we humans, after certain years of life plants die, and it is the natural course of some of the plants to die after a certain age.
For example, the banana tree dies after giving birth to a bunch of bananas.