Ask a Question forum→Help ! Saving sad castanospermum plant

Views: 365, Replies: 4 » Jump to the end
Montreal, Canada
Philz
May 22, 2020 3:36 PM CST
Hey everyone!
I repotted this castanospermum plant about a week ago and it started to wilt and look sad. Anyone has an idea how to help it regaining it's shape ?

Thumb of 2020-05-22/Philz/5e477f
Thumb of 2020-05-22/Philz/4d7d7c

- I watered it once and the soil is still moist
- It's in the same spot as before the repot
- I used soil that was kind of cold (below 15°C )
- The leafs point toward the ground and are rippled, but don't feel especially dry

Thanks' for the help !



Name: one-eye-luke US.Vet.
Texas (Zone 8a)
Quitter's never Win
Hummingbirder Birds Organic Gardener Dog Lover Cat Lover
oneeyeluke
May 23, 2020 2:23 AM CST
It didn't like the transplant because its holding too much water. Make sure you didn't put any new soil on top of the old soil because that will slow drying down. Remove as much of the new soil off the top as you can. Put a oscillating fan in the room to help keep the air moving to allow the plant to dry out faster. You can remove the drain tray and lift the plant to allow the air to escape from the bottom faster.
Thumb of 2020-05-23/oneeyeluke/3787a0

NOT A EXPERT! Just a grow worm! I never met a plant I didn’t love.✌
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Image
WillC
May 23, 2020 8:02 AM CST
What was your reason for repotting it?

When you repotted, how much of the origibal soil did you remove and replace?
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care
Montreal, Canada
Philz
May 23, 2020 10:25 AM CST
There are two bodies on that plan and the smaller one was already wilting, while the other one was doing great, so I figured there might not be enough room for both. Maybe a bad assumption on my part, I'm quite new with plant caring.

I didn't keep much of the original soil because the plants kind of easily came out with the roots pretty much naked.
I'm starting to think that was definitely the issue here.

After searching the internet, I learned plants sometimes don't absorb water as well after the stress of repotting, so I watered it yesterday because the leaves were definitely becoming dry. The soil was still a little bit moist when I watered, so I feel that might have been another mistake...

Anyway, if you have tips as how I should proceed from this point I would highly appreciate it!
Name: Will Creed
NYC
Prof. plant consultant & educator
Image
WillC
May 23, 2020 1:26 PM CST
Yes, that was not a good assumption. If the soil fell way when you unpotted, then that means there was a problem with the roots that could not be solved by repotting. A larger pot was the opposite of what might have helped.

Repotting is stressful, only when done unnecessarily and when a good portion of the original soil is removed.

Explaining the problem is much easier than finding a solution given the condition of the roots. One possibility would be to undo the repotting that you did being careful to remove the soil you added but disturbing the fragile roots as little as possible. Then, be prepared to move the plant into a pot that is barely large enough o accommodate the roots and just enough soil to cover them. The smaller the pot and the less soil needed the better the chances of recovery if you are able to keep the soil damp but not wet. It will not be easy and the chances of success are not great given the existing condition of the roots that I am assuming based on your description.

The alternative is to manage as best you can as it is.
Will Creed
Horticultural Help, NYC
www.HorticulturalHelp.com
Contact me directly at [email protected]
I now have a book available on indoor plant care

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Ask a Question forum
Only the members of the Members group may reply to this thread.

Member Login:

[ Join now ]

Today's site banner is by ge1836 and is called "Veronica Charlotte"

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.