A dying houseplant isn't a dead one, and there are steps you can take to give it a second chance at life. Start with the roots: Unpot the plant and look at the stems and roots. If you see any green stems, and if the roots are pliable, the plant has a good chance to recover. Just shake off the excess soil, trim the dead roots and repot with fresh soil. Use a slightly larger pot to give it room to grow, and make sure there are drainage holes. Keep it out of direct sun for a week, and make sure the plant is away from vents that might blow hot or cold air directly onto it. And avoid fertilizer; it'll add more stress to the plant and is more likely to kill it.
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