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Why is my herb plant limp and drooping?

Your lifeless herb plant can look alarming, but don't fret! It probably just needs a good drink.

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Did you forget to water your plant for a few days? Are you keeping your plant outside where it’s very hot and sunny? If so, your plant is probably just thirsty! When the weather is especially hot and sunny during the summer months, herbs will need more water than usual. Usually, herbs can bounce right back, even if they look limp and sad. We recommend a soak-watering to help fully rehydrate your plant.

Here’s how to soak-water your Herb Plant:

Place your plant in your sink or tub without the saucer. Fill your basin up with about 3-4″ of water. Make sure the water isn’t excessively hot or cold.
Allow your plant to soak up water through the drainage hole in the bottom of the pot for at least 45 min. Spraying the top of the plant with a hose or sink attachment will help rehydrate the plant and speed up the process. When your plant’s soil is evenly damp, drain the sink/tub and allow the plant to rest while it drains thoroughly. Place the plant back on its saucer and back in its proper spot.

Alternatively, if you are keeping your herbs outdoors and have a garden hose, you can also soak your plant with the hose – water it generously until water comes out of the drainage hole. Repeat until the soil looks fully rehydrated.

Going forward, it will help to check on your plant daily to see how it is doing and if it needs water. We suggest watering when the top 1-2 inches of soil are dry. Although drying out occasionally shouldn’t hurt your plant longterm, if you let it go dry too often it might show signs of damage like brown, dry leaves. For best results, keep your herbs consistently moist.

Need more help?

We're confident your herb plant will be back to normal in no-time, but if you've followed the steps above and things just aren't improving you can contact us here.