Irrigation is a task that is very difficult to master, especially if you are a novice. And it is that, being one of the most important, if not the most, that everyone who has plants must do, mistakes can mean losing them forever.
Therefore, if you have one that is not going through its best moment, take care of it as we are going to explain below , and that way you will know how to recover a dry plant.
- 1 What are the symptoms of lack or excess watering in plants?
- 2 How to recover dry plants?
What are the symptoms of lack or excess watering in plants?
To know what has happened to the plant, we first have to find out if it is having a bad time due to lack or excess of water. The symptoms are:
- Lack of water : dry tips and/or edges, yellowing, leaf drop, flowers abort.
- Excess water : the leaves turn yellow and subsequently fall off. The stem can rot.
How to recover dry plants?
Once the problem is identified, it will be time to try to recover it. Let’s start by knowing what to do if what happens to you is that you are experiencing thirst . To do this, we will simply have to place the pot in a tray or container with water until we see that the substrate is well moist.
If, on the other hand, you have problems with excess water , it is best to remove the plant from the pot and dry the root ball (root ball) as much as possible, wrapping it with absorbent paper . Then, we will leave it like that for 24 hours. The next day we will plant it again in a pot and we will not water it until after about 4-5 days. In the event that it had any soft or rotten stem, we will cut it to the bone with scissors previously disinfected with alcohol and treat it with fungicide to eliminate fungi.
You have to know that it is much easier to save a dry plant than one that is drowning, so it will always be better to fall short of watering than to go overboard. In any case, to avoid problems we must check the humidity of the substrate before watering , for example digging a little with our fingers, with a digital moisture meter, or weighing the pot once watered and again after a few days ( moist soil weighs more than dry soil, so this difference in weight can serve as a guide).