How to treat a plant that has dried up then drowned

How to treat a plant that has dried up then drowned

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If your plant has become completely dried up, it can seem like an instinctive response to water it extensively. However, this can actually cause further damage and stress to your plant.

Dried up + too much water


When a plant that has previously dried up for an extended period of time then receives a bit too much water too soon after this, it can actually cause damage to the plant. This may seem counterintuitive, as when you see a very dry plant, it seems natural to water it thoroughly. However, this then essentially immediately leads to overwatering, since the roots of the plant can’t handle all of the additional water all at once. Think of it kind of like how maybe if you haven’t eaten anything for a long time, you may be really hungry, but if you suddenly eat an extremely large amount of food very quickly, most likely it will make you feel pretty queasy at best. It will take a bit of time for your body to get used to eating normal amounts of food again - just like your plant needs some time to adjust to receiving much more water.

In plants, the result of this can be that the roots are unable to uptake the water, leading to symptoms such as the leaves drying up, and potentially other symptoms of overwatering may show up, even if the problem is actually uneven watering.


  • This issue can be identified by specific characteristic marks on the leaves: these are dry edges with a yellow border between the dry part and the ‘normal’ part


Firstly, you should carefully remove all the damaged parts of the leaves, as unfortunately these won’t recover. If the damage is extensive, you can take off the whole leaf, but otherwise you can just trim the damaged part and leave the rest of the leaf.

Then, to try and prevent this from happening again, you should try to balance your plant’s watering schedule so that it doesn’t become uneven again. Following Planta’s watering schedule should help with this.

However, even when following the schedule, it’s a good idea to first check the soil before watering and between waterings. If your plant looks as if it is especially dry, you may want to water earlier than usual. But, if you do, just make sure you don’t water too much too soon, so that you don’t stress your plant.