Back in the office after the COVID-19: Tips to save your houseplant

Several plants of office will not have survived the long absence of their faithful sprinkler, forced to teleworking during the pandemic. Here are a few tips to save your plant if she is still alive – or to ensure that the next develops to its full potential.

Marie-France Larochelle, clerk to the horticultural information at the Montréal botanical Garden since 1991, do not hide it: miracles do not exist in horticulture. And two months without water to a plant, it is long.

“Even the succulent plants and cacti, I get the impression that they are going to be arriving close to their limits, she said. These are the only plants that could survive water deprivation for so long.”

It is, therefore, very possible that it is hopeless for your plant or office. That said, if by chance she is still alive, it should immediately bring it in the sink and watered thoroughly, but not too long, warns Ms. Larochelle.

“If we see that there is still greenery on parts, we can wait to see what the water is going to have like effect,” she explains.

Give me oxygen

In case your plant has not been able to be reborn, and that you need to buy a new one, a few things are good to know for it to flourish.

First of all, pay attention to the surarrosage: in addition to weaken and make the plant more susceptible to fungi, this rotting roots and yellowing of the tips of the leaves. The reason: the accumulation of salts and minerals.

“A plant needs space and air,” says Larochelle. It should be watered thoroughly, but less often, as people tend to put a little bit of water, very often.”

In order to know when to water, Ms. Larochelle recommends to rely on the state of the soil to the touch and to the sight: a dry soil falls off of the pot and is very pale.

Have a tip for as our plants grow larger is to repot in a larger pot, simply.

And for those who have to be absent again from the office, Ms. Larochelle recommends that you leave a boiler full of water with a piece of cotton rope on the earth of the plant, and the other end in the bucket, for watering constant gentle.

“It prevents the excess of water to the plant, but when the boiler will be empty, we hope that we will be back,” she says, laughing.

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