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Not only because of inadequate watering: why the leaves of indoor flowers wilt

Yulia PoteriankoLife
A plant that begins to wilt signals that it needs to adjust its care

Wilting leaves is one of the few signals that a houseplant can give to inform its owner of care errors. Most often, flowerpots begin to wilt due to insufficient watering. But not only.

OBOZ.UA has collected all the main reasons that can affect the condition of the flower. Try to adjust your care for it based on this list.

The roots lack air

Most plants that can be grown in pots need loose, breathable soil. That's because their roots need to breathe, just like the leaves. So make sure the soil in the pot is loosened and well-drained. And transplant the plant into a larger container in time. The optimal frequency is every 2-3 years. Each time, put a layer of expanded clay or other drainage on the bottom, and add a little vermiculite or a similar additive to the soil to prevent the soil from becoming too dense.

The plant is overheating or freezing

Most houseplants are native to the tropics, so low temperatures can be detrimental to them. If the thermometer drops below 15 degrees in the room where you keep the flowers, it is too cold and the pots need to be moved to a warmer place.

And overheating and burns on the leaves can be caused by direct sunlight. Especially in the warm season. Therefore, make sure that the plants are in a well-lit place, but not directly in the sun. These conditions are optimal for most indoor species.

Air humidity

Air that is too dry is fatal for most indoor plants. Except for succulents. And during the heating season, the atmosphere in the house is exactly dry. Regular spraying of the leaves and the use of various kinds of humidification devices will help to cope with the problem. From pallets with water to special gadgets that spread microdroplets of water in the air.

Excessive fertilization

It is very important to fertilize the pots because there are no other sources of nutrients in the soil around the flowers. However, you need to strictly follow the manufacturer's recommendations, because too much fertilizer can be even more harmful than a lack of it. If in doubt, it is better to use half the recommended dose. Also, do not use fertilizers to care for succulents - they need depleted, low-nutrient soil. Also, avoid feeding flowers in winter, when they slow down the growing season, and during extreme heat.

Diseases and pests

Flowers can also wilt due to diseases and pests, which can even lead to the death of the plant. Therefore, periodically, at least once a month, check your indoor garden for light or dark spots on the leaves, suspicious plaque of various nature, and small organisms. If a disease is detected, immediately isolate the damaged plants and start treating them with appropriate substances.

Earlier, OBOZ.UA told you how to properly prepare water for watering indoor plants.

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