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Dr Green

Doctor, my plants keep dying!

Dr Green

Words by Dr Green

Hey Doc, In the past 18 months, I have bought at least 10 plants - different species, from different stores - of which only 2 have survived. I don’t live in a dungeon, I feed them regularly and pay I understand there is probably more than one answer to my issue, but something is clearly going wrong. Why do my plants keep dying? Kate

Hey Kate,

There are indeed dozens of reasons for why your plants are dying. Plants are temperamental beings and they each require different care. You could be overwatering, underwatering, giving too much light, too little light, using the wrong soil, using the wrong sized pot, etc. In short, if you are giving all of your plants the exact same care, you are probably only giving one plant exactly what it needs.

My first piece of advice would be to read the care information upon buying your plant. This sounds like a no-brainer but to be honest, I’ve found that a lot of people don’t actually do this. Our Plant ABC database has many tips and tricks for specific plant species.

It is also true that some seeds are poorer quality. Critics of industrial seed farming argue that seeds are losing quality. Check with the retailer where your plants are coming from, find out the origin of the seed and if it is coming from an organic source.