Having houseplants is one of the best ways to add color and warmth to your house. They reduce stress and bring greenery to your house. Moreover, indoor plants also provide tons of health benefits. But a lot of people talk themselves out of getting houseplants because they do not know how to care for these beautiful babies. Well, it’s a shame because houseplants make your house lovelier and healthier.
When caring for indoor plants, you don’t have to feel intimidated. We have listed a few points that you need to remember when caring for houseplants.
This is very important. A lot of people keep asking themselves questions like, “when should I water my plants?” or “how often should I water my houseplants?” Well, it’s true that houseplants can survive in extreme weathers, but you don’t want to end up under-watering or over-watering your plant. Succulents like Little Jewel are more likely to die from over-watering than under-watering. So, it’s important to understand these plants.
Knowing how and when to water your plants is really very simple. I’ll show you a handy little finger test that will completely take the mystery out of watering your plants. Ready? Insert your index finger up to the first joint into the soil. If you feel the soil is damp, don’t water it.
If you feel the soil is not damp, do.
When it comes to feeding, both foliage plants and flowering plants have different requirements. Foliage plants require a high amount of nitrogen. Whereas flowering plants need more K20 or potassium oxide.
It’s good to have slow-release kind fertilizers on your hand. This will ensure that your indoor plants have all the essential nutrients that they need. Also, make sure to feed plants on the height of their active growth.
Houseplants like Sanseveria and Aspidistra require no shade. So they can be placed near windows that get a fair amount of direct sunlight.
Spider plants need semi-shade. Place it somewhere that doesn’t get direct sunlight.
Most indoor plants come with all the information you need as far as how much light they require. And as usual, you can ask for help from people from a local nursery, they will feed you with all the information you need.
It’s all worth it because houseplants will make you happier in ways you cannot imagine.
Generally speaking, most houseplants can survive in temperatures tad bit higher than 55 – 75 F. Drastic fluctuations, however, are not good for them. And if you live in an older place with old windows, make sure that you insulate during winter months.
The right balance of humidity in your home is very important for the indoor plants, especially during winter months. Here’s a tip to maximize humidity: Put the flower pot inside a larger flower pot and fill in the gaps with stones or compost to keep in the moisture.
Another absolutely amazing thing about plants – if grouped together, they are capable of creating their own climate that is perfectly suitable for them.
Here’s another fact about plants that are often overlooked or misunderstood. Not all plants need to be re-potted.
One way to check and see if your houseplant needs to be rep-potted is to turn it upside down. Tap on the bottom of the pot to loosen the plant and gently slide it out. Now check its roots. If roots are all you see, then repot.
An ideal situation is a good ratio of roots to the soil. If you are only seeing roots and not much soil, this plant has outgrown its home and needs to be re-potted ASAP so it has room to stretch itself out.
Taking care of plants can seem intimidating at first. I mean, they just seem so easy to kill and no one wants to do that. But you simply need to learn some basics first. Like most things in life, you learn a little here, learn a little there, and before long you are more than comfortable doing something, in this case helping gorgeous plants thrive and grow.
In doing so you not only have a garden inside your home that adds beauty, but you also learn how to respect and nurture life in its varied forms.
What a joy!