How to Save an Overwatered Plant

If you have water covering your nose and mouth, it is possible to drown in only a few inches of fluids.

We understand the dangers of a blocked airway or having fluid getting into the lungs, which is why we learn to avoid situations where it becomes possible to drown.

Did you know the same problem can happen to your plants?

If you have an overwatered plant, here are the steps you can take to save it.

Steps to Follow to Save an Overwatered Plant

1. Stop watering the plant immediately. If the leaves turn yellow and the soil stays moist, those signs point to a drowning event.

2. Move the plant away from bright lights. They need more water when encountering lots of sunlight, and it might not be possible for their root systems to deliver this result. The roots eventually stop supporting the leaves, creating a death spiral.

3. Add some air to your environment. When plants start to drown, it means there isn’t enough movement at the root zone to encourage healthy outcomes. It might help to break up the soil to create extra air pockets gently.

4. If your plant is in a pot, it might be too small for the root base to function correctly. Putting it into something bigger can provide some room to stretch. You’ll want to wash away the saturated soil and add some fresh topsoil to use to remove the extra water.

5. Be patient with the process. Most plants need between 7-10 days to recover from a drowning event. You’ll want to avoid adding fertilizer until you can see some consistent changes happening.

Once you fix the watering problem, you’ll want to wait until the plant needs fluids before giving it more. It would be best if you watered when the soil is dry to the touch. If you’re not sure, a moisture meter can give you precise readings. Keep offering it fluids until you see water trickling from the draining spot.