Why do plants die?

Growing plants is one of the best experiences we can have on a daily basis. It is very enriching to observe them, since in this way we can see the different pests that can affect them, learn more about them and how to prevent them from reappearing. However, sometimes, no matter how much pampering we give them, in the end they die. What have we done wrong?

Each of the plant beings that we have in our charge is unique and unrepeatable. This means that we may find some specimens that do not like the place where they are located, or others that do not tolerate drought so well. With this in mind, let ‘s see why plants die .


  • 1 Unsuitable crops
  • 2 Lack or excess of watering
  • 3 Damping-Off or Stem Rot
  • 4 Lack or excess fertilizer

Unsuitable crops

japanese maples

Japanese maples are trees that have a hard time in hot climates.

It is very difficult to have all the plants that we like in the garden or on the patio, as not all of them can withstand the climatic and soil conditions of our area. We often acquire specimens that cannot withstand high or low temperatures, or saline or dry wind, or calcareous or acidic soil.

To avoid problems, it is highly recommended to acquire native plants or, in the event that we do not like them, those that are being cultivated in the outdoor facilities of the nurseries in our area.

Lack or excess of watering

metallic watering can

Controlling irrigation is very important, and difficult.

Watering is one of the most important tasks that every gardener must perform. But you should not go too far or fall short. Both excess and lack of water can kill plants, causing yellowing of leaves, root suffocation or dryness, and wilting.

To avoid this, use substrates that have good drainage and check their humidity before watering by inserting a thin wooden stick and checking how much soil has adhered to them. In the event that it comes out almost clean, it is because they are dry.

Damping-Off or Stem Rot

Damping off in pines

Image – Pnwhandbooks.org

If you are one of those who enjoys making seedbeds, surely on more than one occasion you have been able to see how some other seedling was apparently healthy one day, and two days later it was very bad, with the lower half of the stem blackened and the leaves fallen. This is known as Damping Off, and is caused by fungi that attack seedbeds that have poorly draining substrate and excess moisture .

To avoid it, you have to do the same as in the case of lack or excess of irrigation.

Lack or excess of fertilizer

chemical fertilizer for plants

All plants – except carnivorous ones – need regular feeding throughout their growing season, especially if they are potted. But a lack or an excess of fertilizer can weaken them and kill them in a matter of a few days. To avoid this, you must always read the container label carefully and follow the instructions specified therein.

Why do plants die?

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