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Hello, Darlene,

My pet of 14 years died this past Friday after Thanksgiving, causing my distraction from the one flourishing plant (an arrowhead) I have on the patio, brought to life quite nicely through the summer from last winter.  I simply forgot about it.  I'm in Charlotte, NC; it got really cold (below 40 degrees) last night for the first time in weeks.  Naturally, this morning every leaf was cold, rubbery and drooping.

My question:  Will the epsom salt help this condition?

Thank you so much for your time.


Sorry to hear about your pet, it is always sad to loose a pet. As for your nephthitis plant, unless the plant was actually frozen there is a good chance that it will come back and be just fine but it will take time. Epsom salts will probably not help but it won't hurt either so you can go ahead and try it. The damage leave will probably turn beige and at that point you should use sharp scissors and trim them off. The roots will send up new leaves unless it was more severely frozen than you described. Just put it by a sunny window indoors and water it once a week and do not leave it sitting in a drain tray full of water. Be patient. Good luck!


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Darlene K. Kittle


I have been an Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years and I raise around 300 houseplants and bonsai trees a year including tropicals, succulents, and cacti. I have also been a professional plant care person for businesses in the Fort Wayne, IN area and currently professionally care for bonsai trees for my customers.


I am also studying the Japanese art of bonsai with tropical plants and is President of the Fort Wayne, IN Bonsai Club.

Fort Wayne, iN Master Gardeners. President of the Fort Wayne Bonsai Club. Allen County Master Gardeners

I am not a hortculturist. I am a Purdue University Advanced Master Gardener for 24 years. I have studied plants on a personal level by growing hundreds of plants annually for the last 35 years. I have also studied under several nationally known American Bonsai experts.

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