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How to Recover an Overwatered Plant

By Nicole Pantaleon ; Updated September 21, 2017

Learn what you can do to help a plant that has been over watered in this free video clip about plant care.


Possible solutions to this is I would go through and try to pick some of this dead stuff and simply just try to air it out. If this was growing in my greenhouse and I got it to look like this, I would just dry it out. You can do this at home. If it has a good root cube still sitting there, you can just let the root dry. Try to clean it up. I could treat it with a fungicide but I think at home that's not really practical Here's another example of being over watered. This is a begonia. It looks terrible but I think the same thing goes. I think it would have a multiple problem. I think that it was over watered and in too much sun. See these roots, they are turning all brown. It's really not happy. I think if I put it in less sunlight and let the roots dry out for a few days. I think we could get the plant recovered. As bad as it looks, it still has some good leaves and I see some sprouts in here. See, I think it would be all right. It just needs to be treated nicely. Too much water.


About the Author


Nicole Pantaleon has a B.S. in Plant & Soil Science from the University of MA. Nicole has been a grower at Five Acre Farm since 1996. Her specialty in growing is propagating rooted liners, but as a grower there are lots of other responsibilities. Responsibilities include watering/ fertilization of plant material, maintaining plant stock that is free of insects and disease, pesticide application and maintaining records, taking cuttings, growing plugs as well as finished product, supervising crew, pulling and checking orders, waiting on customers, trade shows, paperwork, etc.