Why Is My Bloodleaf Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Iresine Herbstii Plant

The bloodleaf plant is a gorgeous addition to any home or office, with its rich, red leaves and stems shot through sometimes with pink, sometimes with white.

This lovely foliage is striking in its colors and texture, making you want to add yet another and another to your garden or plant collection, so if yours is in distress, you’re probably also in distress. You don’t want to lose this one.

Fortunately, you may not have to as this plant is relatively hardy and easy to bring back to life.

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A Bloodleaf Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

A Bloodleaf Plant Is a Great Choice for Your Home or Office

Able to grow up to a foot and a half tall in a pot, the bloodleaf plant won’t take up too much space, but it will take up tons of attention. It grows flowers, but compared to the leaves, the flowers are rather unremarkable, leading gardeners to pinch them off and redirect the plant’s energy to the leaves and stems.

Native to the tropical regions of South America, this vibrant plant wants humidity and warmth. It is not frost tolerant, and it needs soil that remains moist but never soggy.

In return for a bit of love and care, the bloodleaf plant will absorb common household toxins and exude oxygen into the air, essentially acting as a natural air freshener. Thus, it’s a great idea to keep this one by your bed or right on your desk.

Finally, if you’re looking for extra passion and intense energy in your life, the bloodleaf plant offers powerful feng shui.

Signs of a Dying Bloodleaf Plant

The most obvious signs of a dying bloodleaf plant are as follows:

  • Mushy stems
  • Discolored leaves
  • Dropping leaves
  • Scorched leaves
  • Soggy soil

Common Causes of a Dying Bloodleaf Plant

The most common causes of a dying bloodleaf plant include:

  • Too much direct sunlight
  • Too much water
  • Not enough light
  • Not enough water
  • Not enough humidity

Watering Needs of a Bloodleaf Plant

The bloodleaf plant calls for enough water to keep the soil moist but not so much water that the soil gets soggy. It’s probably the hardest part of maintaining this plant –  monitoring the soil regularly enough to keep it balanced.

To read more about watering your plant, take a look at this article on watering mistakes that might be killing your plant.

Am I Underwatering My Bloodleaf Plant?

You’ll know the bloodleaf plant is underwatered when the soil gets packed tightly or the leaves start dropping or scorching.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Bloodleaf Plant

If you see any of these signs, simply water your plant until water runs through the pot and drains through the bottom.

Am I Overwatering My Bloodleaf Plant?

You’ll be able to tell the bloodleaf plant is overwatered by soggy soil and mushy leaves.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Bloodleaf Plant

If the plant is overwatered, you’ll likely need to pull the root ball out of the soil, cut away any mushy roots, and lay it out on a screen in the sunshine until it dries out. Then, you can replant the root ball in fresh soil and water thoroughly.

Finally, make sure you place the bloodleaf plant where it will get plenty of indirect sunlight and allow it to thrive.

As a way to test the soil, get familiar with sticking your finger into the soil and feeling moisture. If you can feel any moisture, in the top 1 inch of soil, leave the plant for now. If you feel the topsoil is dry, water the plant thoroughly.

Soil Needs of a Bloodleaf Plant

The bloodleaf plant is not particular about its soil. You can pot it in a common indoor houseplant soil.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Bloodleaf Plant

The biggest issue with the soil is that it allows for plenty of drainage and the water doesn’t sit in soil. Remember, you’re dealing with a plant from the tropics used to regular rain but good drainage, so you’ll need to mimic this situation.

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Bloodleaf Plant

If you do notice issues with drainage for your bloodleaf plant, say, it is sitting in soggy soil, try placing pebbles in the bottom of the pot to ensure the plant is never sitting in water.

Lighting Needs of a Bloodleaf Plant

The bloodleaf plant is a ground cover plant used to sitting under large trees with large leaves, allowing for filtered light.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Bloodleaf Plant

If you notice your bloodleaf plant is getting scorched, simply move it to a location with less direct sunlight. You can also consider hanging a transparent curtain that will filter the sun.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Bloodleaf Plant

Fortunately, the bloodleaf plant is resistant to pests and diseases. Still, you should watch for mealybugs, aphids, scale, and whitefly – common household plant pests.

If you do notice any of these pests, spray your plant and the soil liberally with neem oil and wipe off any bugs. Continue this approach for a couple of weeks until you notice the bugs are gone and not returning.

Fake Bloodleaf Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Bloodleaf Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Still, for a variety of reasons you might find yourself unable to care for and maintain a bloodleaf plant, or any plant for that matter. If this sounds like your situation, you can always consider a fake bloodleaf plant for your home.

Because this is such an interesting and unusual-looking plant, you will find the fake plant looks just as real as the live one. You’ll still get feng shui and mental health benefits, and you’ll be so happy to have it around.

If you’re worried a fake bloodleaf plant is not trendy, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

Whether you choose a real or a fake bloodleaf plant, you’ll be delighted to have this one around. It will occupy any space with beauty and offer opportunities for wonder.

How’s your bloodleaf plant doing? What steps have you taken to rescue it? Did they work? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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