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49. Healthy Plants – Recognizing Problems
Sometimes no matter how careful you are, you will notice problems with your plants that will range from very minor to very major threatening stages. While many of the ‘problems’ with your plants can actually be explained, I wanted to share some of the most well known problems with you so that you can tackle plants problems on your own and keep your favorite plant healthy and thriving. Most of these tips and ideas about problems with your plants will pertain to plants that are in your hobby greenhouse or plants that are in your home in regards to sun, water, shade, and other controllable effects. So, let’s get started on this list:
If your plants are looking a little weak and wilty, they could have a few problems starting with too much water, not enough water or they are over crowded. You can solve the over crowding by splitting up the plants and repotting more in other pots. To test your water problem, feel the dirt. If it is moist don’t water it until it is drier. Most likely if your plant is a little wilty you are over watering it.
If you think your plants are slowing in their growth you might want to take a second look at their atmosphere, at their environment. If a plant is not getting enough light, situating it a little more in the light adding more light week by week will help boost its growth. If you are not watering your plant enough it will grow slowly. When the dirt is dry or not very moist add a little more water for this plant weekly and check out if it starts to grow faster from there. Plants that are root bound will slow in growth. Simply transplanting this plant into a larger pot with more soil will promote growth.
Sometimes you will find that the outside of your leaves are turning a little brown it may be a little hot where you have the plant sitting, or the environment may be a little dry. This particular plant may need more humidity. If you are using a terra cotta planter, you may have too much salt in your soil. You can check out this problem by soaking your plant overnight in water and then transplanting it to a pot that will not promote salts in your soil.
Is your plant healthy but you are not getting any blooms or flowers on this plant? If you are not getting any flowers on a particular plant, it may need more light to produce flowers, or the environment might not be warm enough for it to produce flowers yet. Setting this plant in the sun will give it light and warmth so this is an easy problem to fix. There are certain varieties of perennials that will not bloom the first year, or others that may only bloom every two years. Read up about the particular types of flowers that you are having problem getting to bloom and you could be surprised at the answer.
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