All Things Gardening forum: What have you revived?

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Name: krissy
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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pinkmoonk
Aug 4, 2016 1:29 AM CST
A few weeks ago I was cramming for my classes and forgot to water my plants on a few of the hottest days. A few of them became super brittle and had all the leaves dried out. My boyfriend said it was a lost cause and opted to throw them away, I refused.

After a few weeks of intense love, watering and sun, my tiny babies have sprouted! (AKA- Lilac Bush) haha

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Every time I'm able to nurture a plant back to health I get so excited and proud. I'm pretty new at gardening so my accomplishements feel bigger than they are. xD Does anyone else get this way?
Name: Joshua
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Australis
Aug 4, 2016 1:32 AM CST
Definitely! Although I suspect that's more because I get excited/feel a sense of accomplishment anytime I overcome a challenge or get something to work (or keep it alive, in the case of a plant!) when my expectations were for a poor outcome. Of course, that has the flip side of getting rather frustrated when things don't go as expected despite the amount of effort to ensure that they do!
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Aug 4, 2016 10:29 PM CST
I buy many rescue plants and some have looked like on death's door. So I do this all the time Smiling I bought 5 today for 7 $ that look like crap!!

One thing I do that helps a lot is as soon as I get plant home I clean it up. Then I soak overnight in a container filled with Plant Starter/UpStart.

In a few weeks I usually have a nice looking plant. Best one this year so far was a hanging basket of Calibrachoa. Most peeps would have tossed it in the compost heap. I paid 3 $ for a 19 $ plant. Now it is one of my loveliest on my deck. And from experience I know I can over-winter in my garage so get to enjoy next year too.
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Name: krissy
Ohio (Zone 6a)
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pinkmoonk
Aug 5, 2016 12:56 AM CST
Oooh- that's a good idea!! I'll have to make sure the next time I save a plant to soak it. I need to invest in more buckets xD

I've saved a few plants but in the same week I purchased a new butterfly bush and it completely died on me. The frustration of not knowing how to save it can be so stressful sometimes Sighing!
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Aug 5, 2016 6:15 PM CST
When you forget to water or miss a plant and the leaves turn brown and/or fall off. Don't toss it. If you keep watering regularly - don't overdue it - you have (in my experience) a > than 50 % chance it will revive and throw out new leaves. Been there and done that.
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Name: Reine
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Reine
Aug 6, 2016 5:41 AM CST
These 3 Christmas cactus (?) plants where given to me yesterday.
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The largest is in very poor condition. They have been soaked overnight in plain water.
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There is an improvement to one section on the right side.
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Today I plan on watering in a 1/4 cup of Azomite, a type of rock dust.

At what point should I trim and transplant?

The 2 smaller pots have done well with the overnight and I will pot them up with fresh soil with some Azomite in it.

Another question; my main focus of plants are caudiciforms which I use a very fast draining, gritty soil mix, what soil mix is best for these plants?
Name: David Laderoute
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DavidLMO
Aug 7, 2016 10:55 AM CST
After that overnight jolt in water, you want to be careful. These plants HATE water! Literally.
That soil mix would probably be great.
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