Reasons Why Houseplants Fail To Thrive

Many an indoor gardener has pondered why their favorite houseplant has died. Despite their knowledge and skill at growing greenery in and around the home, sometimes houseplants just mysteriously die. 

The reality is, however, that plants rarely ever die for no reason. Houseplants tend to be very predictable, and as long as you’re providing the type of care they require as a species, they should do pretty well. If you have trouble keeping your plants alive and thriving, it could be any of the common reasons listed below. 

Too Much H2O

Yes, your plants need water to live, but too much can drown your plant’s roots. Very few plants can tolerate daily watering, yet many people make this mistake. 

A good rule of thumb is to wait to water until the top inch of soil is dry before watering your plant again. Another sign your plant needs water is drooping or wilting leaves. In general, you should wait to water your plants until they need it. 

Poor Drainage

This goes hand in hand with overwatering. A poorly draining pot causes a plant’s roots to sit in water. This leads to root rot and plant death. Root-bound plants and old soil can make it difficult for a pot to drain. 

Neglecting Repotting Your Plants

Plants will thrive for a long time in the same pot, but eventually, they need to be repotted because they use up all the nutrients in the soil and become root-bound. Rootbound plants cannot continue to grow properly, and the plant will begin to wither. 

If it’s been a while since you’ve repotted your plants and they seem a bit lackluster, they probably need to be repotted. Use fresh potting soil as old potting soil can turn acidic and not allow water to drain properly. 

Not Watering Enough

Obviously, if your plant doesn’t get enough water, it will die. Often, this is a sign of neglect. 

Lighting And Fertilizer Issues

If you master the watering and drainage aspect of houseplant care, your plants will probably grow just fine – even with imperfect lighting and fertilizing. Of course, if you also get the lighting right and fertilize your plants regularly, they will thrive and provide joy and beauty for many years to come. 

Many a houseplant enthusiast has wondered at some point what killed their beloved plant. In most cases, it’s one of the common issues above as houseplants are notoriously predictable. As long as you get their care right, they will grow and thrive.