If you didn’t know, plants grow old, too, they lose their rich foliage, they stretch, remaining with loose and ugly branches. The first thing you can do is to say bye-bye to that particular plant, but it’s better to use some specialist advice on how to revive an old and grumpy houseplant!

Check if they need bigger pots

After a few years when decorative plants have grown, it’s time for a change.

  • If they are too bushy or too long, if they have loose branches, it’s time to help them and transplant the plant into a larger pot with more earth and for their roots to develop.
  • Typically, medium-sized plants that grow fast need to be transplanted every two years. Slow-growing plants must be moved in another pot after 5 years.
  • But tropical plants such as bromeliad or orchids don’t need other pots, unless the roots are getting outside the pot.

You can revive the plants by cuttings

Use a well-sharpened and sanitized scissors and cut those dry, yellowish or diseased branches and leaves.

  • Leave the same shape of the plant, and cut the branches that have grown outside the crown. Be careful to always cut oblique above a leaf knot.
  • Cut branches too high by half or a third of their initial shape. This way, they will form new branches and the plant will be stuffier.
  • Cuttings are always done at the end of February, before the appearance of new leaf and flower buds. This means that must start!  
  • Put the cuttings to root from the old-aged plants
  • A good way to rejuvenate the plants in the house is to propagate them by cuttings to have a new and fresh generation.
  • The cutting can also be done in winter. Cut the tops of the branches so that you have at least 4 or 5 knotted leaves and put the heads in pots with soil or in bottles of water.

If you put the cuttings directly into the ground, it’s best to use the special rooting solutions found in the plant stores.

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