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Q.How Can I Bring A Jacob’s Ladder Back From The Dead?

Zone 48823 | kaviar16 added on March 6, 2021 | Answered

Hello, I’ve had this variegated Jacob’s Ladder in a terracotta pot for over a year or so. I had to travel overseas for a month in January and when I came back it was completely dried up. Now I’ve had this happen before and all I did then was water the plant until it came back. This time around has been over month and the plant has not recovered. The roots are actively growing but the center of the plant has died. I’m not sure if a new center will be able to grow at this point. I’d appreciate any advice I can get as it’s one of my favorites and I’ll try everything before giving up on it. Thank you, A concerned plant Dad

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Answered on March 8, 2021

There isn't a lot that you can do to bring one back if it is dead, unfortunately.

Since the roots show some sign of life, then treating as you would when it is alive can help. I don't, usually, recommend specific products, but ThriveAlive makes a Vitamin B1 supplement (For plants, not blended for humans) that can help with recovery. It isn't a guarantee, but it may help.

Here is an article that will help you with the care of the plant:


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Answered on March 12, 2021

Thank you for the advice! I will try the Vitamin B1 supplements and see if it helps. The roots keep growing so I still have some hope.

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