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How to Revive a Dying Plant

Your wilting plant can be spared and revitalized with a little help.


  • Step 1: Identify the cause Lift the plant from the pot to check the root system. The roots should be light colored; if not, they are rotting.
  • Step 2: Fix what is causing the problem Cut out the rotten parts of the roots and a half inch into the good part of the root using scissors or a knife.
  • Step 3: Check for insects Check for insects. If they are present, use a plant insecticide according to the directions.
  • Step 4: Replant into a new pot Add about two inches of potting soil into a new pot and put in the plant, adding more potting soil around the plant to stabilize it. Keep adding soil until it’s an inch from the top of the pot.
  • TIP: Your new pot should be a little smaller than the previous one.
  • Step 5: Water the plant Add enough water that the pot overflows slightly.
  • FACT: There are an estimated 400,000 species of plants in the world.

You Will Need

  • A pair of scissors or a knife
  • Plant insecticides
  • A planting pot
  • Potting soil

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