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You’ve tried everything you could think of to save your plant and still wonder “Why is my Calibrachoa dying”? Calibrachoa, also known as “Million Bells“, is a perennial flowering plant. However, it is an annual in cold climates where frost is common.
The most common reason your calibrachoa dies is due to root rot. This occurs due to excessive watering, which causes root rot due to a lack of oxygen and fresh nutrients. That being said, there are many possibilities.
Calibrachoa with yellow blooms or stopped growing is caused by a lack of nutrients. The plant requires extra fertilizer.
It is essential to maintain the correct watering balance in order to prevent the death of calibrachoa.
Now I will go through the most probable reasons and what you can do to prevent your calibrachoa from dying. Continue reading to find out the best ways to keep your calibrachoa alive and healthy so that it can recover and bloom again.
Why is my Calibrachoa Dying
Calibrachoa Root Rot Problem (calibrachoa leaves become brown).
Excessive moisture around the roots is the most common reason your Calibrachoa will die. Calibrachoa is a native of South America and Mexico. It thrives in well-draining soil, open spaces and full sunlight.
Root rot can thrive in soil that is too moist or too swampy around the roots. Root rot is a condition that causes leaves and flowers to turn brown, possibly yellow, with a relaxed appearance.
Calibrachoa grows well on a dry, soaked watering system. The soil is allowed to dry slightly (without drying completely) and watered frequently once a week. This allows the roots to not be in moist soil.
This irrigation style replicates the natural conditions of calibrachoa.
Your Calibrachoa might be in too much water because of:
- Containers can be used under pots and containers. Calibrachoa thrives in pots. However, if you place a saucer under the pot it will prevent excess water from escaping. This can cause soil saturation, which can lead to root rot.
- Pots and pans that do not have drainage holes in their substrate. Calibrachoa needs good soil drainage to survive. Your decorative pots may not have drainage holes. This prevents excess water from escaping and causes root rot. The plant then turns brown again.
- Calibrachoa dies in hanging baskets. Calibrachoa can tolerate dry soil between waterings and is a great choice for hanging baskets. Some hanging baskets may be lined with plastic wrap, or another material that retains too much water. This can cause the soil to become saturated and develop calibrachoa veins. The soil then turns brown and dies from root rot.
- Excessive watering can cause Calibrachoa to die. Your calibrachoa will not thrive if you water it every day. To maintain the moisture conditions found in the calibrachoa’s natural environment, reduce watering to twice a week (or three times per week during a heat wave)
It is more difficult to save a plant with severe root rot.
It can show signs of stress, such as a relaxed appearance under stress. However, you can make it more drained and water it less often to help it recover.
It is crucial to revive the Calibrachoa tree:
- To ensure that the Calibrachoa roots don’t remain in the swampy soil, remove any drip trays and saucers.
- If you have a hanging basket with calibrachoa, remove the plastic membrane from the bottom. It could retain too much moisture.
- Protect the caliber from rain and avoid watering for at most one week.
- Calachou should be kept in the sun. Use sterile scissors to trim any yellow or brown leaves. After each cut, wipe the blades with alcohol-soaked cloth to disinfect. This will prevent fungal spores from spreading to otherwise healthy plant tissue.
- Plant the Calibrachoa in multipurpose compost. The compost retains enough moisture to enable the plant to thrive. However, it allows for excess water to drain away from the roots. This prevents soil saturation.
- To replicate the soil conditions, plant Calibrachoa within garden fences. Clay soils are not good for calibrachoa planting. The clay retains too much moisture, which can cause root rot and ultimately lead to the death of the plant. Plant Calibrachoa in containers if you have clay soils or wetlands in your garden. It is easier to make drainage conditions in pots than in the garden soil.
You can reduce the risk of root rot by following the best care and achieving the right watering balance. If the water-stressed, the soil should show signs of recovery within a week.
It is important to stress that calibrachoa which has been left in saturated soil for long periods of time often doesn’t come to life.
Calibrachoa Dying from Insufficient Watering (wilting leaves and flowers).
Excessive watering and moist soil are the most common causes of death in calibrachoa, and other plants. Insufficient watering can cause calibrachoa to turn brown and die, with shriveled foliage.
Calibrachoa needs a balance in soil moisture. This can be achieved by growing Calibrachoa in good compost in pots, hanging baskets or pots. Good watering is recommended once per week.
The calibration requirements for water can increase if there are significant heat waves, wind, dry conditions, or soil that is too sandy (or rock) Hanging baskets are more vulnerable to drought than pots and containers because they have higher wind exposure and lower soil capacities.
Remember that water can run off a dry pan or pot, and the soil may become too hot for it to absorb the water. To ensure moisture infiltrates the soil around the calibrachoa, water it slowly and not just run off the sides of the pot.
There are many factors that influence the frequency of watering, including temperature, precipitation, and humidity. However, in warmer climates, or when there is a heat wave it is better to water the caliber every 3-4 days to maintain optimum moisture balance.
Calibrachoa plants must be able to breathe. The potting mix should be well drained and not flooded. If the plant sits in a pot with moist soil, it will drown due to poor drainage! To help with drainage, you should use a bowl with holes in the bottom, along with adding a little perlite.
If you believe that drought is the cause of the death, check the soil from the toes. The soil moisture will be monitored throughout the week. Water as soon as it dries. This will allow you to determine the best time to water a basket or pot depending on your climate so that it can recover.
After determining the best watering frequency for your climate, dying calibrachoa should be able to recover from drought within one week.
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Calibrachoa Leaves Become Yellow
The yellow color of the calibrachoa leaves is a sign that there are not enough nutrients in the soil. Calibrachoa is fast-growing and requires additional nutrients, such as fertilizer, to bloom, and keep the leaves from turning yellow.
This is a problem that affects calibrachoa plants when they grow in smaller containers, pots, and hanging baskets. Small pots are less able to hold soil and so the roots have less access to nutrients.
How to Revive Calibrachoa Using Yellow Leaves
Not enough fertilizer
If the leaves on your calibrachoa are yellow, then there is a good chance that you will suffer from a lack of nutrients.
Calibrachoa needs fertilizer to succeed, so make sure you add organic fertilizer to the soil. Good organic fertilizer includes all the nutrients needed for the development of calibrachoa, and at the same time does not give too much nitrogen, which could burn the leaves of calibrachoa.
Calibrachoa needs a Sun Exposure
Your calibrachoa should have a weak, spindle-shaped, and with few flowers, it may need more sunlight. Calibrachoa can be grown in open areas with warm climates, and in areas that receive at least 6 hours of sunlight in their natural environment in South America.
It is crucial to place your calibrachoa where the sun is the hottest. This will ensure that your flowers are healthy. Increased sunlight hours can also reduce the likelihood of root rot by increasing evaporation. This will ensure that the plant is healthier and more resistant to diseases.
To revive your calibrachoa, move pots and containers into a sunny area and find hanging baskets.
Calibrachoa is Dying in Cold Weather
Calibrachoa is a native of warm regions in South America. It is not resistant to frost but can tolerate mild frost occasionally (Hardy, USDA zones 9-11).
This is why calibrachoa is an annual flowering plant that can be used in hanging baskets or pots in cold climates where there is frost. The leaves also turn black in winter.
You can however protect the Calibrachoa from frost damage by growing it in containers and then moving it to a heated greenhouse in winter.
Protecting Calibrachoa sensitive to cold can be done with horticultural fleece.
Calibrachoa is Dying Because of Insects
Carefully check for insects around your plant – if there is some kind of bug infestation on your plants, be sure to get a pesticide as soon as possible!
I love using this neem oil for this. The most common insects are aphids, thrips and mites. Wash your plant, then consistently apply neem oil.
Take away the following key points:
- The most common cause of dying calibrachoa is fungal diseases like root rot, which can be caused by excessive moisture around the roots. Kalibrahoa plants need to be allowed to dry between waterings. If the soil is too wet or saturated, they will turn brown and die.
- A lack of nutrients can cause yellow calibrachoa leaves. Calibrachoa is an avid feeder because of its rapid growth. It needs fertilizer every 4 weeks to prevent yellowing and promote flowering.
- Calibrachoa may be affected by drought, which can cause wilting. Calibrachoa can become sensitive to drying too fast in hot weather if it is stored in hanging baskets or pots. In dry and warm weather, increase the frequency of watering by 3-4 days.
- Calibrachoa is a native of South America. It prefers sunlight with well-draining soil. Calibrachoa that is too shaded can often grow poorly and produce few flowers. To recover and bloom, make sure your calibrachoa gets full sun.
Now, I went to all possible causes your Calibrachoa might be dying from. It is up to you to assess the cause of the possible symptoms I’ve described in this article. If you still can’t figure out why your Calibrachoa is dying, please let me know down in the comments, and I’ll reply. But it’s important that you write down the symptoms, and how you maintain your Calibrachoa, so I’m able to help. Thank you for reading, and happy gardening from garden24h!