Why is my Plant Drooping? (How to Fix)

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Why is my plant drooping? This is one of the most common questions I’m getting, and I’m going to talk about the most common causes and how to fix your drooping plant. Your gorgeous collection of houseplants has started to look a bit loose and is wilting. You thought by giving them a drink would help, but that didn’t solve your problem.

Why is my Plant Drooping?

There are many reasons why your plant could be drooping (wilting), it could be problems with the plant roots, too much water, too little water, or your plant could be having problems with fungus or disease. These are the main causes of your house plant being down. The problem will be solved in most cases by solving the following issues:

Rootbound Plants

Plants can become weak, fall or wither if their roots are not able to grow normally. Sometimes, indoor plants look sad and sluggish because their pot is too small. This limits the amount that is needed to keep them healthy and vibrant.

The plant cannot hold enough water to ensure its survival. The root system is not free to grow and expand, which can lead to plants falling, becoming wilted or becoming lame. Your pot is too small.

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Too little water

We all know that when we first get an indoor plant, we give it our best, but it can become difficult to care for it after a while. It’s easy to forget about watering the plants, especially when you live in a busy household. It is important to feed your children first. ??

The main sign of too much water is the appearance of brownish leaves, feeling dry, and even becoming brittle. A study published in the Journal of Tropical Ecology found that too much water can cause stress in indoor plants, while lack of moisture can lead to indoor plants falling.

Too much water

It is easy to understand how plants can become dehydrated. But what if the plants are not properly watered? Your indoor plant’s failure to thrive is often due to excess water.

Roots that are too wet or have dense soil will not drain well and can drown. Although it might seem that the pot is hydrated enough, if the soil looks and feels dry, there may be a problem with the plant tissue. You may notice a familiar, dry look.

The stem may be damaged or the leaves may become brittle. It is possible to prevent a plant from falling by moving it to looser soil or testing a larger container.

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Insects and pests should be checked

After you have checked the plant for excess water and under irrigation, make sure that it is placed in a large enough pot to allow roots to grow. Look closely at the fallen indoor plants to see if any insects are present.

These small pests and insects are usually very tiny, so make sure you look carefully. Many pests are found at the base of the leaf. Some insects sucking sap are the main cause of dead, dying and damaged houseplants.

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These sucking pests can survive on the fluid your plant needs. If the pests take this vital nutrient out of the soil, it can lead to a loss in moisture and internal damage for your indoor plants.

These are the most common indoor pests.

Aphids are as small as grains of rice. It is important to examine them carefully and use magnifying glasses if needed.

Pests are most likely to hide in the leaf’s bottom. Make sure you check each leaf from both sides.

Look closely at the fallen plants to see if any insects are present. Here is what they look like…

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How to Fix Drooping Plants


You have watered your plants but to no avail so it is not the dry soil. This does not necessarily mean there is no water problem. Surprisingly, too much water can lead to the same plants that you had with too little.

If there is too much water or a thick soil, roots can drown and not attract water properly. If there is no water in the plant tissues, you will start to notice the familiar wilting.

It can be very beneficial to transplant a plant in loose soil. If the pot is too small to accommodate the water they require, plants may become attached to their roots and fall.

Repot your Plant

Remove your plant with its root from its current container. Replant the plant in a larger container with more fresh soil. You’d be amazed how you can revitalize your plant by just repot it in a larger container with fresh, more nutrient-filled soil.

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Check for Insects

If you don’t think the soil or water problem is the root cause, look closer at your plants to see if any insects are present. Even indoor plants, any of the sap-sucking insects could be responsible for your fall.

Too many pests drinking the liquids in your plants can cause the same loss of water pressure as when you have too much soil. You should also check out scales, aphids and cochineals. If you have enough, these are the most common indoor pests that can cause fall. It is small, but don’t let it fool you.

Aphids are small and translucent green. They are not larger than a grain rice. If you don’t plan to look, you might miss them.

You can remove them with a few sprays of insecticide soap, or a pyrethrin-based repellent. You can spray your plants or introduce ladybugs to the garden. It can be difficult to understand the scale, especially if you don’t realize that you are looking at an insect and not a stem.

They may look like small bumps with indistinct streaks at the back. Scale insects can be picked quite easily as they aren’t very fast. Scale insects are protected by their shells so soap sprays won’t be very effective.

You can apply a stronger product, such as alcohol or neem oil, directly using a cotton swab. Aphids can be shaped like scale insects but they are white and have a fluted fuzzy appearance.

Plants should be able to recover from any insect infestation once they are gone. They will recover if they are given regular water and a little more sunlight.

You can place a few sticky strips around your houseplants to capture any flying insects that may be laying eggs.

Provide Support to your Plant

Sometimes your plant needs some help to keep its feet on the ground. If your plant starts to sink but its stems and leaves are still firm, it may be becoming too heavy.

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Although it is simple, a stick or wand that is securely attached to the ground may be an effective solution. However, this could pose a risk of stabbing roots.

A stand can be placed outside of the pot to protect your plants. To gently lift the plant, use a rope or gardening ties.

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Check if your Plant is Damaged

If the stem is the only thing that appears to be wilting you should examine it and make sure there are no other problems. It doesn’t have to be broken in order to cause problems.

A stem can break when it bends. This causes water to not circulate properly above the plant.

If the situation is severe, it is likely that the stem is to blame.

If the stem is in a straight twist, you can straighten the stem and tie the point with a stop.

If you are lucky, the water will still flow within the plant and can be collected. If the stem is broken, you can cut it and allow the rest to continue growing.

Apply a little shade

This is not related to the previous comments about irrigation. However, it is a different reason for your plants to lack water.

Even if you water according to a schedule, your plants can become dry and weaker if they are not in the right climate.

Excess heat is a natural response of plants. They use more water to keep them hydrated, and they can fall apart if they don’t.

This is an example of a situation in which watering less may not be the best solution.

You can give it water while it adjusts to the cooler environment.

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Fusarium wilt (Panama disease)

You may not have the right answer for your fall plant problem after examining all of the possible problems.

This could mean you have a fungus or disease to be concerned about. Unfortunately, it may not be something that you can treat. Fusarium is the main cause of wilting.

Although it is unlikely that your plants will be indoors, you should keep this in mind for outdoor gardens that are experiencing new falls. Particularly if tomatoes are also growing in your yard.

Fusarium, a fungus found in soil, can attack the roots of many common plants.

Although the fungus does not cause any physical damage to the plants it causes symptoms such as falling.

Fusarium is not treatable. You can simply throw the plants away and get rid of them.

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It may take some patience and research to discover why your plants are falling. We hope you find the answer and can get back to enjoying your garden and indoor plants. If you’re still having issues, please let us know in the comments section below. Happy gardening from garden24h!

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