Mum shares easy trick for reviving your droopy house plants

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Please, my palm, she’s very sick.

If you’re anything like the average millennial, your rented flat is packed with all manner of house plants – all of which droop and die seemingly without reason.

It is endless heartbreak. You buy a plant, you love it, you take photos of it, then it starts to droop and you have no clue how to save it. Do you want more water, plant? Less? More sun?

Before you chuck out your calathea and get a plastic version, you might want to try this mum’s trick for bringing drooping plants back from the brink.

Over on Facebook, where all genius ideas are shared, an Australian woman revealed that she gives her plants a bath with a special ingredient: epsom salts.

The plant before its bath (Picture: Facebook)

Along with before and after photos of her revived plant, she wrote: ‘A few inches of water in the bath with Epsom salts and I give the leaves a shower to get dust etc off and keep it happy.

‘I have to use them (Epsom salts) myself and it was always sold out because gardeners would use it on their plants, that’s what gave me the idea.’

She recommends adding a ‘handful’ of epsom salts to a few inches of bath water, and leaving plants soaking overnight if they looked extra dehydrated.

The plant after its epsom salt bath (Picture: Facebook)

The photos are pretty convincing, but before we rushed off to Boots we had to check in with a plant professional to see if this hack would actually rescue our poor plants from their despair.

Helen, a plant doctor at Crocus, says that epsom salts can help as they are magnesium sulfate, a nutrient that plants need to thrive.

But proceed with caution, because not all plants are suffering from a magnesium deficiency.

Helen tells ‘Epsom salts (magnesium sulphate) can be used to treat plants that are suffering from a magnesium deficiency, but the symptoms of a magnesium deficiency (ie , yellowing between the leaf veins, and sometimes a reddish brown flush on the foliage), do not include wilting.

‘Plants can look droopy for a number of reasons, but it’s usually a result of a disease, which won’t be helped by Magnesium, or weather damage (snow, ice, drought or heavy rain).

‘Indoor plants can wilt from both too much or too little water, so if a plant is suffering from drought, then sitting it in a few inches of water for a couple of hours will help perk it up (even without the Epsom salts), but if it’s wilting because it is waterlogged, and the majority of house plants are killed by too much water, then you could be doing more harm than good.’

So basically, either this trick will do wonders or it will make things even worse. Great.

We’d recommend analysing your plant’s symptoms before you go ahead and try any at-home remedies.

If your plant is wilting but the soil is wet, it’s likely you’ve overwatered, so a bath won’t help. The same goes for brown leaves – it’s important not to assume this means your plant is dry, and instead taking a finger and placing it into the soil to see if it feels dry. If it’s dry, water. If it’s not, let it relax.

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