PLANT DOCTORCan you bring a plant back to life?
Take this next scenario:
You've come home from a couple of week's holiday and found that your treasured Spathyphyllum sp. or peace lily seems to have melted over the sides of the pot. It was a hot summer and the house-sitter didn't think to water it.
- What can you do to revive your dying plant?
- However, in this case, a good dunk in a bucket of water will remove most of the plant. There will be some dead leaves of course.
If yes, then happy days, because with a bit of TLC, this plant will be brought back from the brink.
|Dead branchlets on my buxus hedge|
- Perhaps your buxus hedge is only half dead. Trim back the dead stems and give it a good water, adding a seaweed drink to the watering can. That can revive the plants no end.
- Has your peace lily got brown leaves that are dry around the edges or curled up? It's a sign of insufficient watering, so go water it!
|Daphne with root rot|
This is when the plants' leaves look wilted, yet the soil is moist around the roots. In fact probably too moist if it's been sitting in a pot of water.
More than likely, your plant has root rot and the only way to save it,(slight chance), is if your spray it with Yates Anti-Rot which contains phosacid. This will only work if you've caught it in time and the leaves are able to take up the phosacid and translocate it to the roots.
Another option is to replant it into drier soil, which is easier if it's in a pot in the first place.
If it's in the ground and the leaves keep getting burnt every year, dig it up and move it to a shadier spot in the garden.
If it's in a pot, that's an easy fix to move to a better spot.
|Bromeliad needed more shade.|
I'm talking with Steve Falcioni from www.ecoorganicgarden.com.au
- What veggie can you think of that’s purple?
- Why should we grow purple veggies and why are they purple in the first place?
- Think blueberries that are marketed as a superfood.
- Did you know though that anthocyanins are not the only cause of red colour in fruit and vegetables.Betacyanins, members of the betalain family, are distinct from anthocyanins and the two pigments are not found in the same plants together.
- Beta-cyanins also have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which contribute to health.