If you’ve done this metaphorical digging and still suspect something is off, the next thing to examine is your watering routine. Plant roots die after sitting in overly dry soil for too long, causing their corresponding leaves to droop and wilt. So while we’ve all heard about the dangers of overwatering, underwatering isn’t great for your plant either.
To correct for underwatering, Cheng recommends ditching the watering schedule and tuning into what your plant needs on any given day. Feel the top layer of its soil and water as needed depending on your plant’s type and location (remember, plants that get more sun will require more water).
When you do water your plant, make sure to give it a good soak, like the type it would receive in its native habitat. “In nature, when it rains, it pours. It doesn’t stop raining the moment the soil is saturated,” Cheng says. “After you finish watering and lift the pot, it should be the weight of a fully soaked sponge.”
More water should help your plant surge back to life after a while, once its leaves can develop new roots. In some cases, though, the drooping might persist and become a permanent feature of your plant—but that shouldn’t make it any less lovable.
“Plants are living things,” Cheng reminds us. “Do your best with it and whatever outcomes happen, happen.”