Jump to content
my poor plant
21 replies to this topic
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:33 AM
my grandfather gave me a beautiful pot plant for christmas, but it didnt come with a info card. it had sturdy stems, beautiful bright red flowers and the the leaves have little zig zag edges.
i have no idea what sort of plant it is, what sort of care it needs etc etc
i had been watering it every couple of days, especially with the heat. i also had it in the coolest part of the house.
however, yesterday afternoon if looked like it does in the pics the stems are soft and droopy, and it just looks, well... dead...
i have no idea what ive done to my poor plant
i noticed the water in the bottom of the pot it was in smelled rotten? so i cleaned it all out, made sure there was no leaves or dead flowers in the water etc and sat it in the sink to try and give it a big drink of water.
i noticed when it was in the sink, murky white foul smelling stuff was seeping out into the water.
does anyone know what it is? or is i can help my poor plant? or have i officially killed it??
heres the link to the pics:
my poor plant
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:35 AM
i don think that link worked, hopefully this one will
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:40 AM
What state is the soil in?
You might have over watered it. The soil shouldn't be wet - it sounds like you left it sitting in a pond in the tray and it's roots are waterlogged.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:43 AM
the soil looks and smells fine, its just the bottom of the pot thats smells yuck? how do i fix it???
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:45 AM
I also think you have overwatered it. It sounds like it has root rot. Maybe allow it to dry out a bit.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:49 AM
I don't know what it is, but you might be able to rescue it by repotting into a bigger pot with nice new potting mix, and trimming off any foliage that is dead/rotten. Then don't leave in a saucer (they are always bad news) but instead sit it up on a stand or some pot feet so it can drain freely. Then just water when the soil is a bit dry when you stick your finger in.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:50 AM
#1 Stop watering it!
#2 if it looks thirsty then spray the leaves with a fine mist of water.
#3 is there somewhere outside that it can sit and get some fresh air and sunshine without being frizzled? Do that.
#4 re pot it.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:52 AM
Is it an Impatiens? They're normally pretty hardy, but I agree that you've overwatered it. I'm not sure if it'll survive, I'd try not to disturb it too much but give it dappled light and allow the pot to dry out a bit before giving it any more water. Good luck!
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:53 AM
ill give it a go!
does anyone know what sort of plant it is?
noi'mnot, no, its not that plant
Edited by MrsDamonSalvatore, 08 January 2013 - 09:55 AM.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:54 AM
It doesn't look quite dead to me, but not healthy. Letting it dry out a bit would be worth a try - as PPs have said, it may have been overwatered. If you stick your finger in the soil it should feel cool and moist but not wet and muddy.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:57 AM
Google images for begonia ... Is that what it looked like when you first got it?
Posted 08 January 2013 - 09:57 AM
Okay going back in time to my childhood in my parents nursery, that looks like an impatien, which from memory in the wet season hated getting wet feet, and also hated direct sun.
The white stuff could be (total guess here) some water saving product a garden centre has used. Some of these can do weird things if they get too wet (kind of like putting a closet camel thingy in a bucket of water).
I would recommend letting it dry out, and possibly repotting into fresh mix, keep as much of the original potting mix as you can but get rid of anything that doesn't look quite right. Also if it is an Impatien, I would be very careful to make sure it doesn't 'sit' in water as they can be quite susceptible to overwatering. On the upside they are quite hardy and grow really well from cuttings so if you like it and manage to rescue it you will be able to reproduce it over and over again.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:01 AM
Is there adequate draining at the bottom of the pot it is in? (I only say this because you mentioned that the water at the bottom of the bot smelt rotten.) If it is an indoor plant and the water is not draining out onto the ground or garden, you will need to clean out the "old" water as frequently as possible, plants don't do well with tepid, rotten water at the bottom of their pots!
We have a few indoor plants that obviously don't have drainage holes at the bottom (otherwise water would go all over our floor) so I tip out the old water on a daily basis.
ETA: It is also important to note that plants can die or wilt from having TOO MUCH water at the bottom of their pot, or if they are constantly sitting in water. And they will display the same symptoms than if they are not getting ENOUGH water as well! (Wilted leaves, droopy, etc).
Edited by Kalota, 08 January 2013 - 10:02 AM.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:02 AM
If you aren't sure what type of plant it is you could take it to a nursery and ask them what it is. There aren't many nurseries around any more so you could try Bunnigs too.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:02 AM
It looks like a sad impatiens to me too. Or it could be a begonia but I don't remember mine having such red stems.
It sounds like you've over watered it and allowed it to sit in a puddle of water causing the roots to be water logged.
Find somewhere with filtered light (under a big jacarander tree or similar is good) for it to recuperate. Take away the saucer so that the water can drain away. Only water when the soil is feeling dry below the surface. I'm in SE QLD where it is fairly cool right now. I would only give it a drink every few days if it were here.
They are kinda hardy plants and have a tendency to become invasive weeds. They dislike too much heat, cool, dry or water but propogate so easily that even if one plant dies, there are others to take over. They strike easily from cuttings just by shoving a broken of bit into some moist soil. The old ones used to seed prolifically too but if yours is a double, then the seeds should be sterile. If you have any healthy stems, break one off as a cutting incase the main plant dies.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:04 AM
One of the hundreds of Impatiens there are out there, did it once kinda look like this?
Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:05 AM
I thought impatien too. They are pretty hardy, droop when they don't like what is happening. So let it dry a bit.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:10 AM
after closer inspection to google, i think it is an impatiens
i have taken it out of the plastic pot it was in and also removed the "plug" that was in the bottom of the terracotta pot it was in. i have squeezed a bit of water from the soil and its now sitting in the terracotta pot so it can drain.
its too hot outside atm, so ill take it put tonight when it cools a bit so it can have some fresh air and sunlight.
i dont have high hopes for my plant. but ill try and rescue it!
i cant believe i over watered it
Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:19 AM
Deep watering once or twice a week beats frequent shallow watering. And plant roots need to breathe too, can't be submerged or soaked with water all the time or roots will rot.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:21 AM
i have squeezed a bit of water from the soil and its now sitting in the terracotta pot so it can drain.
I giggled at this.
I'm sorry OP but if you squeezed the root ball, you would have damaged a lot of the tender roots causing the plant more stress.
Best thing to do is leave it alone in an appropriate place (outdoors)
In the next few days, get some 'Seasol' seaweed tonic and add dilute amounts of that go the water. Follow the directions and don't over do it. I think it was Colin Campbell who said that he's seen more plants did from too much love than neglect. Don't use any fertilizers or be up sold to the Powerfeed types. Stick to plain old Seasol that will help to encourage new root growth.
Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:25 AM
They can be irritating things, I remember in the nursery we use to have to keep a really close eye on them in the wet season (in Darwin) because with the combination of the automatic irrigation and rain, they would topple really quickly. If my Mum swears at them and glares at them after 30 years in horticulture, you can be forgiven for making one fall over once!
If you are going to keep it in a pot, I would suggest using one without a tray if you can, instead put it in a nice big terracotta pot with little feet under it. The perfect spot would be on a deck/verandah in the shade, or under a big tree with at most filtered light. If you are in a temperate zone, stick your finger in the soil down to the middle knuckle, if it is still damp no water, if not water. They are also probably better suited to a shower from overhead than a puddle in the pot type of watering too.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Your schedule is not important to your two-year-old, and you cannot convince her otherwise. So what can you do?
A child whose remains were dumped in a suitcase in the South Australian bush is believed to have been a girl aged between two-and-a-half to four.
An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.
It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.
Inflatable and portable children's pools may be required to be sold with compulsory fencing to prevent backyard drownings, with some experts even floating the idea of a ban.
At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.
These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.
Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.
In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.
A neighbour heard a child screaming before a baby was found dead, believed to have been stabbed, in a house in Newcastle.
So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.
We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.
Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.
Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.
After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.
Parents of toddlers everywhere know the feeling. After working up the courage to take your child out for lunch or dinner in public you are rewarded with a mid-meal meltdown.
Two children were killed when pieces from their Malm furniture line tipped over.
If you're looking to introduce an organic element into your baby's nursery but want to step away from natural timber, we have the perfect alternative.
I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.
Best friends share everything - and for these two life-long friends, that includes family.
Samuel Forrest didn't want his wife as a trustee of their baby Leo's half million dollar trust for her own "protection", it has emerged.
Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study
She said the photo of a boy with Down syndrome in a washing machine was taken just for fun, but no one else was laughing.
An opulent high tea at a luxury Melbourne hotel has left 44 people with salmonella poisoning - including a pregnant woman, who went into early labour.
Would you know what to do in a fire emergency? How safe is your home and family?
Prince George's second birthday has been marked by the release of an official picture showing the toddler smiling as he is held by his proud beaming father.
Is it safe to use fake tan, hair dye and nail varnish during pregnancy?
The truth is, I can no longer deny that my walking, babbling, somewhat-independent little miss is no longer a bona fide 'baby'.
I'm not usually one who believes in love at first sight but that's exactly what happened when I first saw the Cybex PRIAM.
Get your free ticket to the Sydney Essential Baby & Toddler Show for September 25-27 - register online now.
Top 5 Articles
I believe that you get out of families what you put into them, and I will give mine my all.
I have had two postnatal psychotic episodes. The first when my eldest child was six weeks old, and another after my second child was born.
French names are always in fashion, but a few have risen in popularity in recent years.
A British woman who gave birth in Spain has told of her ordeal after spending weeks trying to convince medics the baby girl was hers.
Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it?
First Apple and Facebook announced they would pay $20,000 towards the cost of their female employees freezing their eggs, now IBM in the US has come up with an innovative new policy aimed at retaining female employees.
The Duke of Cambridge opened up about family life and his plans for the future in an interview to mark his first day as an air ambulance pilot.
A simple photo taken in front of an evening fire gave new mother Sarah Bowers the power to save her baby's life.
Of all the advice people told me before having a baby, no one warned me about the amount of decisions involved.
Parents of toddlers all know the moment when realise your child is being suspiciously quiet. It can only mean one thing - trouble!
If you have trouble recalling the ages of Jeremy Ryan's seven children on The Voice, you're not alone. So does he.
Getting glasses can be a formative moment in a person's life.
When a mum of six was caught shoplifting nappies, clothes and shoes for her kids, the last thing she expected was for a stranger to pay for her haul.
The risk of having uncontrolled depression is far greater than the small increased risk of birth defects that may be associated with specific antidepressants.
Police have raided properties and arrested a number of people over a brawl at a child's birthday party at a play centre in Sydney's west.
Looking for a creative way to share some big news? Look to the skies, like this family did.
Little Owen DiCandilo's name means "young warrior", and it's a description that perfectly fits the inspiring 18-month-old
The exhaustion that comes with caring for young children often means romance between parents becomes a thing of the past.
I've been fat for pretty much most of life, besides a few crazy moments of being less-fat, but for the most part I've existed on this earth with a little more meat on my bones than desirable.
Since the dawn of civilisation, generation after generation of new parents have had to rely on instinct, trial and error - and sometimes get it wrong.
Get your free ticket to The Essential Baby & Toddler Show and save $20 - register online now!