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4 Secret SOS Signals That Your Plants Send, and 4 Ways to Save Them

If plants could talk, it would be much easier. Yep, growing them is definitely a confusing process: we water them, care for them, move them from shelf to shelf, and then they abruptly die... And it is such a tragic event to throw them out and repeat the process of growing green babies all over again.
It turns out that the plants actually send distress signals when they are in danger, for example, when they are being brutally attacked by our pets at night.

Bright Side found a way to better understand leafy creatures and, if necessary, take critical actions to save our green friends, so you can successfully create a healthy army of plants ready to fight for clean air.

Problem 1: The plant’s roots are visible.

The problem with a plant’s roots is usually the hardest to detect, as it is hidden from the naked eye. It is worth taking a closer look at your plant and its roots. If the roots are visible on the surface, then this means that the root system is growing out in search of nutrients within the soil.

However, for other plants, like orchids, having roots on the surface is natural. What’s fascinating is that plant roots literally reach for water — this phenomenon is known as hydrotropism.

What to do: the solution to that would be a drip irrigation device for houseplants to deep water your plants. You’ll never have to worry about a plant watering schedule, PLUS it’s great for jokes as you can create a plant hospital.

This plant watering system is incredible — it not only helps to deeply water the plant, but it also keeps the plant hydrated while you are away and prevents underwatering and overwatering. Surprisingly, the water in this bag is enough for 7 days of watering, so you can safely forget about the plant for a while, and then refill the bag.

Promising review: I thought my bonsai tree was dead beyond saving, but as you can see from the pictures, he was not! Just 2 months of the life support and look at him now! It is very easy to set up and use. I highly recommend it. @Vicki

Buy the watering system HERE

Problem 2: The plant’s leaves aren’t opening.

You may have noticed that your plant has been putting out new leaves for some time, but even after a long wait, the leaves remain closed. Usually we eagerly try to manually open the leaves of the plant, but this is not worth doing, as this can only harm the plant more. If this happens, it means that the leaves are in a state of preservation due to unfavorable environmental conditions. But that can be fixed!

What to do: A humidifier can help you maintain 40-60% humidity surrounding your plant, which will assist the leaves in getting out of preservation mode, as it often leads to leaves not unfurling and brown spotting on the leaf edges.

This humidifier has a 3L water storage capacity, a 20-hour runtime, and 2 nozzles for 3 different mist modes. It is really simple to use and refill with tap water. Humidified air will save the plants not only from causing their new leaves to be small, but will also avoid stunted plant growth in the future.

Promising review: This product is great — it is easy and very simple to use — it has an on and off, and settings are simple. I have bought so many humidifiers, and they are so complex and sensitive to any slight imbalance or anything. This one has a 3-liter tank and 2 elements that create vapor very quietly and quickly. When it is empty, just unplug it, fill up the tank, put the lid on it, and plug it in. I wish I had bought one of these years ago after several purchases of other humidifiers that stopped working soon after I purchased. @Paula Fisher

Buy the humidifier HERE

Problem 3: New leaves are small.

When was the last time you compared the size of a plant’s leaves? A keen eye is needed to spot the problem of little leaves on a plant. But it turns out that this issue can be a sign of a significant problem with the plant. This often indicates that the plant is deficient in some way, like water, light, or nutrients.

What to do: A plant grow light will help you ensure that all of your plants have sufficient access to light. By taking care of the proper photosynthetic process, the plant will never again grow little leaves, which is an issue that is especially significant when the winter season and longer nights approach.

Create a little paradise for your plant baby with this umbrella plant light. The LED light ensures that plants receive enough light to perform photosynthesis and adequate rest time by automatically switching it on for 16 hours and turning it off for 8 hours. No need to worry about forgetting to turn off the light!

Promising review:

I purchased this lamp one month ago with the hope of reviving an ailing prayer plant. I’ve had this plant for several years, in the same location, and it has never looked healthy. At the time I purchased this lamp, it only had 3 leaves left on it. I saw positive results in the first week — in fact, a new leaf emerged in less than 7 days. One month later, this plant looks beautiful, with many new leaves still emerging. Today, it gave me a ’Thank You’ gift: a flower!!! I’m attaching a photo of it. Needless to say, I highly recommend this lamp. @Charlie

Buy the LED light HERE

Problem 4: The plant’s leaves are splitting.

Aside from the Monstera plant, splitting may be seen in any other big-leaved plant, which is undesirable for the plant. But don’t worry, this is not fatal for your houseplant. The plant’s leaves are most frequently damaged due to physical force, like wind or a playful pet. What is good is that the plant can be mended quite easily.

What to do: Use fertilizer to feed your indoor plants on a regular basis and to establish a fertilizing schedule. Houseplants’ roots are constrained by their pot, so they must fully rely on you and the care you provide, so this would be a nice treat for your plants.

Regularly providing houseplants with trustworthy houseplant food will allow them to reach their maximum potential. Your houseplants will appear healthier, with lush green foliage and vibrantly colored blossoms, thanks to this fertilizer. Also, it is simple to use — just mix 5–10 drops with 1/2 liter of water before gently pouring it into the soil of your plant. But be careful not to over-fertilize, as this can backfire.

Promising review: This product saved my Easter cactus! It was suffering from root rot and had no new leaves growing. After 4 months of using this, it has given my plant a new life. It is now healthy and has loads of new growth! Amazing product! @Cailey

Buy the fertilizer HERE

Do you usually talk to your plants? Which of your secrets do only your plants know?

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