5 Tips To Stop Your Outdoor Plants From Dying

5 Tips To Stop Your Outdoor Plants From Dying

Stop Garden Plants from Dying: 5 Things You’re Doing Wrong

Why do my outdoor plants keep dying?

Are your plants always dying? Whether you are new to gardening or a frustrated gardener looking to solve the problem of rotted roots and yellow leaves, you need to pinpoint what’s wrong to keep your garden alive.

While there are plants that stay alive no matter what you do with them, you may have plants that look like they’re always one day away from kicking the bucket no matter how much care and attention you give them.

Read on to know what you could be doing wrong that’s killing your plants and how you can avoid making these mistakes in the future.

Top 5 Reasons Why Your Outdoor Plants are Always Dying

Sun or No Sun

Different plants have different sunlight requirements. If you are a first-time plant owner, you can see sunlight instructions included with most plants you buy. While all plants need sunlight to thrive, their sun requirements differ widely, and incorrect placement can cause you to over or underexpose your plants to sunlight.

Drought-resistant plants love lots of sunlight which means they thrive in areas exposed to full sun. If you have tropical or rainforest plants, however, they might be more suited to shade and indirect sun exposure.

Many indoor plants thrive best indoors with very little sunlight, like bromeliads and snake plants. Look at the primary care instructions, so you know which places in the home suit your plant best.


Different outdoor plants have different water requirements, which you can find in the plant’s care information. 

Overwatering plants that only need occasional watering can lead to root rot and dead plants. If your plants did not come with care instructions, look for signs of wilting and water as needed.


Pests are everywhere, and if you have a garden, you will notice that your plants may be attracting these pests. Not all pests are bad for your garden, however, because some feed on other insects that could wreak worse havoc on your plants.

Keep the normal balance in your garden by going the natural pest control route. Avoid using chemical-based pesticides and opt instead for plants that have natural pest repelling properties, especially if you are growing edible herbs and fruits in your garden.

Gardeners’ favorites for pest-free plots include mint, lavender, basil, and thyme. Not only are they valuable herbs, but they also keep your garden smelling great.


Know what’s growing in your garden! You may be unwittingly letting weeds flourish because you are letting unidentified plants overrun your herbs and flowers. 

Weeding is essential, mainly since dead plants and leaves can clog your plants’ root systems, making them more prone to excess moisture and root rot. Weeds also compete for nutrients and can make your pants thin and undernourished even with regular waterings and the proper placement.

Excessive Attention

Some outdoor plants are best left alone; these are the ideal options if you are still new to gardening and don’t want to kill any of your plants.

You may be unaware that you have a hardy variety of a flowering plant or an herb growing at home, and you are watering it just like you do the rest of your plants. 

Identify what plants need the minimum attention (succulents are a popular example) so you can avoid giving them too much of everything. These plants usually flourish well on their own, and some, like peace lilies, will tell you when they need watering when they start to look droopy and sad.

Are you tired of your dead or dying plants? Keep these tips in mind to keep your plants lively and thriving.

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