Don't give up on your favourite wilting plant just yet. Charlie Albone is here to help you save a life!
We all have that one plant that we have neglected for far too long and considered removing it completely.
Give it one more shot by following these tips - before saying goodbye to it forever.
1. Location, location
Make sure its in the right spot and receiving the sun or shade it requires. Every plant wants to grow and thrive but if its not getting enough sun or too much sun its going to struggle. Moving your plants is easier if they are in a pot but if in the ground water well before digging up and choose a mild day before relocating.
2. Soil Improvement
Improve the soil around your plant. Soil is the diet of your plants and needs to be healthy for your plants to succeed. Improve the soil in new beds by digging through mushroom compost and well rotted manure. For existing beds mulch with a compost mulch such as ‘Greenlife’.
3. The right nutrients
Water your sick plant well and using a seaweed tonic diluted in water will help promote healthy soil and root growth. Avoid over fertilising unless you see signs of an obvious mineral deficiency - this can overload your plants which should be averted when they are stressed out.
4. Cutting back
Cut back leggy shrubs and remove any dead or dying leaves and branches. The majority of plants can be cut back by a third safely and this will help to promote new growth both above and below the soil. Removing yellowing and spent leaves and flowers will give the plant space to grow new ones.
5. Control the nasties
Address any pests or diseases the plant may have, spraying things like aphids and mealy bugs with an eco oil will remove any further stressing on the plant and allow it to focus on new growth.
Once you’ve given your plant some love and attention, you need to keep up the maintenance to ensure it gets back to full health as soon as possible!
Keep an eye on pests and diseases - ensure your plant receives the water it needs and fertilise with a slow release fertiliser and a liquid one simultaneously, around the time you start to see new growth and improvement from your plant.