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Q.How to bring my 16 year old arrowhead plant back to health

Zone Midwest | princessnikki36_twitter added on January 25, 2014 | Answered

How do I bring my 16 year old arrowhead plant back to health? I received my arrowhead vine 16 years ago when my son was born. We recently moved into a new home with low light. No matter where I move it, I can’t get it to bounce back. It always seems dry, yet when I water it (I don’t over water), it doesn’t help either. I don’t want to lose this plant… What do I do?

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Answered on January 27, 2014

It may be remaining dry, even after you water it. I would guess that in your move, things got a little understandably hectic and the plant maybe dried out completely. This can make the soil turn hydrophobic, meaning it will repel water rather than soak it in. You need to force it to start absorbing water again. Take the container and put it in a tub or sink. Fill the water up until it covers the container and allow it to soak for 20-30 minutes. This will force the soil to rehydrate completely and you can resume normal watering after that.

Moving can be stressful on a plant regardless. Try treating the plant with a pesticide and a fungicide. This will help address any unseen pests or slow acting diseases that may have started to affect the plant while it was stressed.

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