droopy plant - Knowledgebase Question

rochester, Ne
Question by sbachjr
March 10, 2010
i have a tropical foliage plant,, thats the name on the tag has no other name on label .. i water it once a week, pot has drainage holes , gets indirect sunlight throughout the day ,my house is always at a 70 degree range and there are no cold breeses or anything. the soil is also fairly new as ive only had the plant maybe 2months or more. question is why is the thing droopy and leaves fallingoff?

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010


Drooping foliage almost always indicates water issues. When the soil is too moist it can actually suffocate the roots. Instead of watering once a week, stick your finger down into the soil. If it is moist an inch beneath the surface you wont' need to water for a few more days. If it is dry, it's time to water. When you water, apply enough that it freely flows out of the drainage holes. Once in a while you should submerge the pot in a large container of water (sink or bathtub) and let it set until no more bubbles rise to the surface. This will keep air pockets from developing in the root area = a common problem with containerized plants. Dry pockets within the soil can cause the same symptoms as overwatering - drooping foliage. Best wishes with your tropical plant!

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