Revitalizing House Plants

Reviving big plantsBY AMANDA MOSES
As we settle down from the busy distractions of winter vacation, snow days and holidays off, we might have realized that our house plants have been neglected. Garden Educator, Jacqui Roytman, believes that if your plant’s roots look salvageable then it’s possible to revitalize it with some tender love and care. Similar to a regular pet, your plants need gentle attention. Even if there are several leaves brown and the plant look wilted that does not necessarily mean it’s ready for the garbage bin. “Even if there is a slight hint of green, there is a chance to bring your plants back to life if the roots are not rotted,” Roytman said.
Roytman recently helped Teen Central rescue their plants after the many holidays when they were not watered. She first trimmed off the dead leaves and stems. For the larger, tree-like plants she used twine and wooden sticks to prop them up (forming a brace until the plant is strong enough to hold itself up). For next several weeks, she made sure to water the plants whenever the soil looked dry, and then added a little bit of Nature’s Care Organic Blood Meal to help nourish the soil.
Light, water and soil care are the key components of proper plant maintenance. Roytman says that using organic blood meal will help the plants flourish by providing nitrogen and other nutrients into the soil. The once lifeless plants will soon start to turn lush green and its leaves more voluminous.
Observe your plant for a week or two. Make sure you are not over watering it because that would cause it to wilt even more. If you do not see much of a change, try adjusting the lighting situation. Maybe they are not getting enough light or perhaps your plant is drying out from too much light?
Another way you can rescue your neglected plant is to try trans-planting it into some fresh potting soil and a slightly smaller pot so that it increases plant growth. Make sure to fill the entire pot with soil and gently place the damaged plant and root into the center of the dirt.
Give your plant some time to heal and grow. Depending on how much damage the plant has undergone, it might take it a few weeks before it begins to blossom again.
Photos by Amanda Moses