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Very poorly plant

Please can someone help me. This plant I have had for around 15 years and I would say its around 25-30 years old. It it a bit misshapen with a long stalk, but it was my gran's and Ive become very attached to it.
It usually sits in the corner in a fairly shady room, but just been away for a fortnight and moved it to the kitchen for ease of watering by my mother. When I came back the plant had drooped so I watered it and put it back upstairs. My mum said she hadnt watered it as the soil was always moist. Next thing I did was take the pot out of the ceramic holder and it was sitting in inches of water, so unsure whether I had overwatered. So drained it in the bath, then after looking on google I decided to repot it in fresh compost yesterday but its still drooping. It has lost a few leaves but to be honest mainly due to me trying to prop up the leaves. Its so droopy the leaves seem to have folds in them so thought I was helping. Ive just tried a touch of Phostrogen. Is there anything I can do or should I just leave it alone and hopefully it will recover? Just desperate to keep trying things whilst it has some life in it. How long should it take for the leaves to perk up?
Please help, I am rubbish with plants but really need to try and save this one. Thank you.


  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,174
    Hi S_sephton. I think that the best thing to do now is to leave it to recover. Over watered plants exhibit the same signs as those wanting a drink. Their leaves droop and well meaning owners give more water thinking thats what the plant needs. Basically the plant is drowning. Do not add any more water until the compost is dry and there is no need to feed the plant either when it is in this state as that can also be detrimental to the plants wellbeing
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • Hi Ladybird4, thank you very mucg and i will do as you suggest. This morning we are undecided whether it looks a bit better, though it certainly isnt worse. Thanks for taking the time to respond. 
  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 36,174
    You are very welcome S_sephton. Fingers crossed all goes well, especially as it carries lovely memories for you.
    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • madpenguinmadpenguin Posts: 2,497
    Ladybird4 is right.
    It could be many days or even weeks at this time of the year before it recovers.
    Leave it alone but keep an eye on it!
    “Every day is ordinary, until it isn't.” - Bernard Cornwell-Death of Kings
  • Thank you madpenguin. I think i was expecting instant results, so thanks for this additional info. I think I have become tempted to continue to try things, before its too late, then getting up the next day anticipating it to be revived. Good to hear that its normal to take some time. 
  • I agree with Del.  Put it back where it's always been and ignore it.  
    I wish I was a glow worm
    A glow worm's never glum
    Cos how can you be grumpy
    When the sun shines out your bum!
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