Why do plants die | Gardening On

Growing plants is one of the best experiences we can have on a daily basis. It is very enriching to observe them, since 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, however much we pamper them, in the end they die. What have we done wrong?

Each of the plant beings that we are in charge of 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 do plants die.

Inappropriate crops

Japanese maplesJapanese castles

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

It is very difficult to have in the garden or in the patio all the plants that we like, since not all of them withstand the climatic and soil conditions of our area. We often acquire specimens that do not 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 case we don’t like them, those that are being grown in the outdoor facilities of the nurseries from our area.

Lack or excess watering

Metal watering canmetal watering can

Controlling irrigation is very important, and difficult.

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

To avoid it, substrates that have good drainage must be used (more information on this subject in this other article) and check the humidity of the same 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 pinesdamping off in pines

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If you are one of those who enjoys making seedbeds, surely on more than one occasion you have been able to see how the odd 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 it is caused by fungi that attack seedbeds that have poorly drained substrate and excess moisture.

To avoid this, do the same as in the case of lack or excess of watering.

Lack or excess of compost

Chemical fertilizer for plants

Chemical fertilizer for plants

All plants – except carnivorous ones – need regular fertilizer throughout their growing season, especially if they are potted. But a lack or an excess of fertilizer can weaken them and end them in a matter of a few days. To avoid it, always read the package label carefully and follow the directions specified in it.

We hope that now you can make your plants stay healthy and strong for years to come .

Why do plants die | Gardening On

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