Not everyone has a green thumb. And I’m definitely one of those that do not. My plants often died although I watered them regularly. Then I found out that they were probably dying of too much water. Who knew that one could actually drown the plants? Here are some signs that might indicate that your plants are being over watered.
1. The soil is wet and the leaves are wilting
The leaves look wilted, the soil is wet. If your plant is green, well-watered and is still dying, it is probably being overwatered. Only water your plants when the soil is dry to the touch. This little tip will keep you aware of plants that are in need of a good bath, and away from those who are full.
If a plant has absorbed more water than it needs, it can swell, stress and burst like a balloon that was filled too much. You can check for signs of burst cells by noticing any blisters or lesions on the plant. These lesions will become scar tissue.
3. Yellow Falling Leaves
If there are both yellowing leaves and new growth falling from your plant, there is a good chance it has been overwatered.
4. Root Rot
The roots need to breathe. When there is too much water in the soil, the roots cannot breathe. They will drown and begin to rot. A fungal disease can set in that will cause the roots to turn grey, brown or slimy and will eventually cause the plant to wilt. If a plant has root rot it is best to remove it.
- Always let excess water drain completely
- Use pots that allow the water to drain
- Only water when needed
- Use Liquid Mulch so that you only need to water once a week
- Flood the plant in water (more water is not better)
- Use hot water
- Use ice cold water
Since I’ve been using Liquid Mulch I’ve had a lot more success with my plants. One reason is that it has helped me take the guess work out of watering them.