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10 Major Warning Signs About Your Plants are Dying

It can be difficult to keeping plants alive, and especially for those without natural green thumbs.

It also difficult to observe plant problem, because plants can’t tell us what the problem is.

But plant have some signal which they show to indicate that, they’re sick or dying.

So here we bring 10 major warning signs about your plants that are dying.

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1. Slow Growth:

If you observe slow growth of plant it mean, plant indicating a problem. And it could be little to no growth.

And some times happens that, seeds haven’t sprouted in months. Then you have to start over.

If your plant not getting enough light. Then it show symptoms such as, your plant developed leaves in plants, but it hasn’t grown in weeks or is shrinking. Then it could be light problem.

2. Yellow Leaves:

Yellowing leaves of your plant could be indicating that, it’s possible that you plant need a bit more fertilizer.

It could be root rot, if they’re falling off too.

You can identify root rot by brown, soft, and mushy roots.

It is caused by too much moisture. And to prevent from that, prune away the dead roots and replant it in drier conditions.

3. Wilting:

If plant indicate wilting leaves and stems. And it is not always an indication of something serious.

It maybe, because of its dry soil and thirst. And you maybe know that if  the soil is dry or the roots look fine, it’s probably just thirsty. So adding some water to the plant should solve that problem.

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But it could be a sign of root rot. So check the root and if it is. Then take action quickly.

4. Crisping:

It like browning and starts at the tips of leaves. This happens due to water. And it is the sign of water issues.

It happens because of the plant that is under-watered, not watered evenly enough, or overwatered, it needs more space for its roots to effectively drink the water it’s provided.

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5. Brown spots:

This indicates problems with heat and light.

If the plant is too close to its light source or receiving too much sunlight. Then it indicates brown spots and browning is the result of burns.

The recommend is moving it to a shadier spot or farther from the light.

6. Scabs:

These are the hard brown, black, or gray spots on plants.

It is the sign of distress that signals a fungal disease which is a big problem.

So quickly isolate the plant from others, prune any affected areas. And treat it with an antifungal solution to prevent an outbreak.

7. Exposed roots:

When you start see your plant’s roots through the bottom of its container or poking out of the top of the soil. It’s probably struggling.

Your plant maybe root bound, running out of room for its roots in its current container.

If you left untreated. Then the plant may die itself.

8. Shriveled Flower Buds:

Do you identify bud blast, it happens when your crops start to flower, but then the buds shrivel up or fall off. It is the bud blast.

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Bud blast can be caused by anything.

It includes sudden temperature changes, too little humidity, air that’s too hot or cold, or improper lighting or watering.

9. Dropping Leaves:

The Dropping of leaves is common and not necessarily a problem.
But the dropping of leaves occurring excessively, it could be an indication of something bigger.

It could be suffering from cold or too much water, so try moving it to a warmer spot and reducing its water.

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10. Mysterious dust:

It is a common sign of pests.

The white dust, an indication of whiteflies attack in plant. And Black soot, an indication of aphid’s attack.

To solve this problem and reduce or control the attack of pest. Then isolate the crop from others, rinse the insects off, hang traps, and use insecticidal soaps.

Noshad Ali
the authorNoshad Ali
M.Sc (Hons) Horticulture & Member of PSHS (Pakistan Society Horticulture Science) and Working as Field Facilitator in CAB International

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