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Saint Paul, MN
Jun 9, 2020 7:05 AM CST
SO we got an umbrella plant from a friend and I left it in the car. It looked great but then after I left it in the car 4 days ago it looked burnt and wilted after being in direct sunlight. We watered it and put it in the porch which was too hot I think. It didn't look any better so I put it outside yesterday in the sun and it got to over 100 degrees, and I watered it twice. Now I am researching realizing that I have done everything wrong but want to save this plant. What do you think that I should do?!
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Name: Big Bill
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Jun 9, 2020 7:31 AM CST
Throw it away and start over.
You can't leave a plant in a car and fry it and expect it to survive. Perhaps if you cut everything way back to 6" or so and just keep it in a bright spot, it may resprout new growth. But you have to decide if you can handle that.
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Name: Will Creed
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Jun 9, 2020 7:53 AM CST
Whether or not it can survive depends on how much damage was done to the roots.

Cut back all of the stems. Rehydrate the soil so that all of it is completely saturated. Keep the plant close to an indoor window. Water it only when the top half-inch of soil feels dry. Don't repot it or otherwise disturb the soil.

You should see some signs of new growth within a month if the roots are still viable. If not, follow Bill's advice.
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