Why Is My Rio Plant Dying? Tips for Rescuing Your Dying Rio Dipladenia Plant

A big, bold, brightly colored flowering bush, the rio plant offers abundant joy and beauty for any home or office. Placed next to a big window, the rio makes a statement unlike any other.

Of course, if you’re worried your rio plant is dying, you’re likely devastated. Fortunately, you have little to worry about. This plant is a hardy one that will not only endure much abuse but can often be brought back from the brink of death.

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

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

Aside from ensuring the rio does not experience frost and gets plenty of light and water, the plant is a dream to take care of and to have in your home or office.

With so much foliage, this bushy plant will absorb carbon dioxide and other toxins in your space and breathe out oxygen to make your air cleaner.

It is also a great plant for feng shui. The bright, colorful flowers welcome abundance and joy according to feng shui principles.

Place it at the entrance to any room and expect wonderful things to happen in your everyday life. You can’t beat that. Now, let’s make sure you keep that lovely, lush, plant alive.

Signs of a Dying Rio Plant

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

  • Brown leaves
  • Browning flowers
  • Wilting leaves or flowers

Common Causes of a Dying Rio Plant

The most common causes of a dying rio plant include:

  • Too much sun
  • Not enough sun
  • Too much water
  • Not enough water

Watering Needs of a Rio Plant

The rio dipladenia is slightly drought tolerant, so you don’t have to stress about constantly keeping the soil moist. In general, you want to water the plant thoroughly each time the soil dries all the way out.

It’s a good idea to get to know your plant and its soil by sticking your finger 1 inch into the soil. If it feels moist, you can allow the plant to dry out more. If the soil feels dry, you can water it until the water runs through the holes in the bottom of the pot.

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 Rio Plant?

Signs of underwatering your rio plant include dropping, brown, or curling leaves. You might also notice that the growth of your plant seems to have slowed down.

Restoring Water to Your Underwatered Rio Plant

If you do notice the classic signs of an underwatered rio plant, you can add water to your plant right away. The trick is to ensure the soil gets completely moist each time you water it.

Am I Overwatering My Rio Plant?

If the soil is soggy or the stems are mushy, you have definitely overwatered your rio plant. But fear not. That doesn’t mean your plant is completely dead.

Restoring Balance to Your Overwatered Rio Plant

If you have indeed overwatered your rio plant, you can restore it. Just remove the root ball from the soil and dump the soil out. Allow the root ball to dry out on a screen in the sunshine.

Repot the root ball in fresh soil and water it thoroughly until the water runs through the bottom of the pot.

Soil Needs of a Rio Plant

The rio dipladenia calls for regular indoor houseplant soil. Add some all-purpose fertilizer every two weeks during the warmer months.

Soil Drainage Needs for a Rio Plant

Make sure the water in your plant is draining well through the soil. If you notice the soil does not dry out regularly, you may need to make adjustments.

Resolving Soil Drainage Issues for a Rio Plant

The best thing you can do to resolve drainage issues is place pebbles in the bottom of the pot. You can also consider mixing the soil with a bit of bark to make it less absorbent.

Lighting Needs of a Rio Plant

The rio is a plant native to South America, so it loves warm, humid weather with sunny skies. Be sure you offer the plant several hours of sun each day.

Resolving Lighting Issues for a Rio Plant

If you notice the plant withering with wilting leaves and dull colors, your plant may need more sun. However, if the leaves are burning or crisping, your plant may be getting too much sun. In either case, simply move the plant farther from or closer to a sunny window.

Pests or Diseases that Can Cause Issues with a Rio Plant

The good news is the rio plant seems resistant to diseases and isn’t bothered by most pests. If you do see aphids or spider mites on your plant, spray it regularly with neem oil a few times a week and wipe the bugs off with a cloth. Then, just keep an eye on it to be sure they don’t creep their way back in.

Fake Rio Plants May Be an Additional Consideration

Fake Rio Plants May Be an Additional Consideration 

If, in the end, you find you cannot keep a rio plant alive or you simply don’t have the time to give this bushy flower the attention it needs, you can always consider a fake version. A high-quality artificial rio dipladenia plant can still brighten up a room, and your mood, with none of the stress of having to love and care for living foliage.

If you find yourself asking if fake plants are even “in” right now, check out my article on whether artificial plants and flowers are tacky.

What do you think? Do you have any best tips or tricks for keeping a rio plant alive? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from my readers.

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