Soil compaction is a common problem that manifests itself when the soil particles are packed too closely together, preventing oxygen, water and other gases from flowing freely through the soil. The pores in compacted soil become water-repellent and function poorly as a growing medium. Compacted soil cannot support microbial activity, which is integral to any plant’s growth and development. The microbes in healthy, uncompacted soil require air to be present in order for them to produce carbon dioxide needed for decomposition of organic matter. In addition, roots need both oxygen for respiration and carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. When the amount of air present in the soil decreases, there is less available gaseous oxygen for roots to breathe and more gas exchange occurs between the plant stem and leaves with the atmosphere than at the root-soil interface.
There are many sources of compaction: construction equipment driving on top of or near your plot; over-cultivation; foot traffic; or even heavy rains can compact your plot’s precious topsoil!
Too Much Fertilizer
Too much fertilizer (or the wrong type of fertilizer) can be a common cause of plant failure. The symptoms are easy to spot: brown, wilted leaves and slow growth. This can happen when you add too much fertilizer at one time, or if you simply fertilize your plants too often.
To fix the problem, dilute your next watering with extra water, so that the excess fertilizer is not directly on the roots. If possible, wait 24 hours to water again so that the soil can get back to normal. In general, it’s a good idea to let the top inch of soil dry out before watering again; over-watering is another common cause of problem plants!
In order to avoid this issue in the future, it’s best to stick with organic fertilizers (such as fish emulsion or compost teas) and follow directions carefully for any conventional products you use. It’s almost always better to under-fertilize than over-fertilize; plants will grow more slowly if they’re underfed, but overfeeding can damage or even kill them!
Too Little Fertilizer
Plants need the right amount of fertilizer. Too much can cause problems, but so can too little. Without enough fertilizer, plants are weaker, less colorful, and more susceptible to disease. The symptoms of too little fertilizer resemble those caused by overfertilizing: small leaves and poor growth in some species; root or foliar burn in others; discoloration (green or yellow) in some plants; stunted growth and wilting leaves in many cases.
Fertilizer needs vary by plant type. Some plants may need more food than others because they’re more vigorous growers, while other types may be able to get by on less food if they’re slow-growing or adapted to nutrient-poor soils.
To find out what your soil is lacking, use a soil test kit available at garden centers and home improvement stores. If you don’t want to spend money on an official kit, there’s an easy DIY alternative: dig up a sample from your garden beds with a shovel and put it in a bag for closer examination.
Wrong Plant, Wrong Place
- Wrong Plant, Wrong Place. Plants thrive in specific environments and when they aren’t given what they need, things don’t turn out well. The wrong location (too much sun or shade, not enough moisture) can lead to stunted growth and ultimately death. Similarly, providing soil that’s too wet or too dry will likely lead to a slow demise as well.
While there are lots of ways to kill a plant, improper watering is a common culprit of plant mortality. Accidental over-watering, under-watering, and even simple mistakes in timing can be the downfall of even the most robust cacti. Here are some tips to avoid these pitfalls:
- Water at the right time of day. Avoid water your plants in the heat of the day: chances are, more water will evaporate than get absorbed by the soil around your precious petals. Likewise, don’t water at night: your thirsty plants might sit in damp soil for too long and develop fungal infections. Plant failure from this cause is best avoided by watering first thing in the morning or late afternoon as needed.
- Don’t drown them! The number one cause of houseplant death is “wet feet,” so don’t think that because you love your new fern that you have to drench it every single day (or worse yet, multiple times per day). Overly wet soil can make it impossible for roots to breathe and absorb nutrients, leading to plant failure through bacterial or fungal infection and root rot—and nobody wants that! Make sure that when you do water your plants they’re getting enough moisture each time without being soaked completely through.
- Aim for their roots. When watering with a hose or sprinkler system (like those used outdoors), beware of spraying water on either leaves or flowers unnecessarily—this can lead to spotting/discoloration and other unsightly aesthetic side effects on top of damaging more tender portions of your plant’s anatomy. Also keep an eye out for mold growth when spraying down indoor houseplants like ferns with a spray bottle—too much moisture on leafy surfaces can create a breeding ground for fungi that will ultimately cause plant failure in spite of all your efforts!
An unhealthy plant doesn’t stand a chance against pests, diseases or inclement weather.
You’ve got your soil, you’ve got your container and you’re ready to grow something. Before you pick out a plant for your garden—whether it’s a tomato seedling or a sprig of basil—consider what kind of conditions will be best for the plant.
An unhealthy plant doesn’t stand a chance against pests, diseases or inclement weather, so it’s important to make sure your plant is happy in its environment before any calamities arise. If you have chosen the right container and the right spot for your plants, they should do well with minimal maintenance.
A healthy plant has established roots that give it access to nutrients and water. A healthy plant has strong foliage that grows in an upright position instead of drooping or leaning into other plants. Healthy plants are resistant to disease, which means there are fewer leaves with brown spots or yellowing edges. If you notice one of your plants is not healthy, don’t panic! Take some time to look at the problem carefully; it could just be that the plant needs some extra attention from you in order to thrive again!
If you have a problem, it’s never too late to fix it.
There are many reasons why your garden could be failing. On top of that, it can be a long process to fix these problems. The good news is, it’s never too late to make improvements. To make sure you’re on the right track and minimize the number of mistakes along the way, it’s important to do the following:
- Set goals for what you want to accomplish in your garden and keep track of how you’re progressing toward them. This should include things like how much water you use in a week or when your next planting session is scheduled.
- Plan out exactly what you want to accomplish and stay organized so that everything runs smoothly when it comes time to implement your plan.
- Create a schedule for yourself so that there’s always something from which to take inspiration or motivation when things start feeling stagnant in your garden (i.e., no new growth sprouting up).
- Don’t worry about what other people are doing—focus on yourself instead! Remember: progress takes time; just because someone else seems more successful than you does not mean they’ve been working harder than anyone else at their job (or hobby). Don’t compare apples with oranges, either—some plants may require more attention than others due to location or type of soil used in their potting mix (this is true for both outdoor gardens as well as indoor ones).
Make sure you know what your plants need in order to thrive and then meet those needs. If you do have to make corrections later, it’s never too late.
Remember, it’s never too late to correct a problem. If you discover you have a problem, don’t let it get worse. Whatever the cause may be, take action immediately. Don’t worry if the first solution you try doesn’t work – it might simply be that your plant requires something more. Try another remedy and keep trying until the problem is solved; then congratulate yourself on your success!
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In the words of Julia Child, “You can’t be afraid of making mistakes. You can’t be afraid to be wrong.” But if you’re a gardener, being wrong can mean you have to watch your hard work shrivel up and die. That’s why we at Plant Failure are here to help you figure out what’s gone wrong so that your green thumb doesn’t end in blackened soil.
A plant is a living thing, and it needs special care to thrive. What makes this tricky is that not all plants need the same kind of care—some need more water than others, some need more sunlight than others, and some are just better suited to certain climates than others. It can feel overwhelming trying to keep up with all of these different variables, but there’s good news! Most plants will tell you if they’re struggling, and they’ll tell you how they want to be cared for by how they look and how they feel.
Remember: this is not a failure—this is an opportunity to learn more about your plants!
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1. Soil Composition
The soil is the foundation of a healthy garden, and it can be easy to forget that it needs regular attention. To keep your garden healthy, be sure to check the composition of the soil regularly. Are you using the right kind of fertilizer? What about water drainage? It’s easy to get into a routine and forget to check in on how your plants are doing, so make sure you’re regularly checking up on your plants’ soil composition.
2. Pest Control
A huge part of keeping your garden healthy is keeping an eye out for common pests. You should have an idea of what kinds of pests frequent your area, and take steps accordingly. Here are just a few bugs that may pay an unwelcome visit:
– Aphids (also known as plant lice) are tiny insects that can cause serious damage if left unchecked. They love to feed on the sap of young shoots and leaves, so use a pesticide early in the season if you see them around. Ladybugs are also a great natural predator for aphids, so consider planting certain species or buying some from your local gardening store if you’re interested in a more organic approach.
– Slugs and snails are another kind of pest that can wreak