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How Long Do Houseplants Live?
How long do houseplants live and how long can houseplants live are unfortunately very different questions. If your houseplant is kept under the right conditions, repotted when it grows out of its pot and cared for then it could outlive you. Plants can live an incredibly long time, there are houseplants that live for tens of years and even a few that have already lived for hundred of years.
The problem is that even though they can live that long they often don’t. So how long do houseplants live then? Many houseplants won’t live past the first year and this has to do with often improper information about how to care for the plant, a lack of experience from the buyer or even plants that have been kept in unnatural conditions to sustain them until they are sold.
When inexperience people get plants like Calathea, they will often die within the year as people don’t know how to care for them. The important thing to do is to really learn what a plant needs in order to thrive not just to survive. Using a reference book can be a great way to learn what different species of houseplants need and how to react to their requirements.
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So how long do houseplants live? The basic answer is as long as you can keep them alive.
What houseplants live the longest?
The longest living houseplant is the Eastern Cape Cycad which has been growing in London’s Kew Gardens since 1775.
Can you save a dying houseplant?
Whether or not you can save a dying houseplant depends on the extent of the damage but many plants can be on the verge of death yet still be revived. The important thing is identifying the cause as quickly as possible and taking that cause away from the plants environment. Damaged tissue may also need to be removed so that the plant can concentrate its growing efforts on new leaves.
Do all plants eventually die?
No they don’t. They are some types plants that may die more quickly than others but this is often due to them having very specific care needs but many plants will continue to live for a very long time.
What is the hardest houseplant to kill?
The hardest houseplant to kill is probably the Snake Plant. Snake Plants are known for being incredibly resilient. They can tolerate low light, are drought resistant, don’t need humidity. A Snake Plant can handle a lot of neglect before it will die but what it doesn’t like is overwatering. Overwatering a Snake Plant is the quickest way to kill them.