Do you feel like you have a black thumb because your house plants keep dying? Maybe you just don’t know enough about your particular house plants. For myself, my philodendron plants thrive but I had to go through two peace lilies before I learned they need different care. Check out today’s guest post by Jenny Richards in how to best care for your indoor plants.
Understand your plants:
We know from our school days that all plants need food, water and sunlight to survive. However what they fail to mention is that different plants require different amounts of each of these resources. This not only stands true with the plants in your garden, but also with your houseplants. For example, ficus trees generally thrive with indirect light and moist soil, whereas cacti require bright light and dry soil. Make sure you have houseplants that can thrive on the amount of light you can provide. Healthy plants will be able to ward off pests and disease much better than weak plants. Regular fertilizing is necessary for healthy growth of indoor plants. As a general rule, most houseplants should be fertilized from January through September, and should then be allowed to ‘rest’ for a few months.
Water them consistently:
Alternating times of drought and flood can really disturb a plant’s root system. Most plants like having their roots consistently moist, but not wet. Some plants need a dry out phase between waterings. For new plants, check the care label or look up a good indoor plant book or website. This will help you come up with the right watering routine. Self-watering planters make it easier to keep plants watered.
Prevent Pest Problems:
Neem Oil Spray – Preventing pests at all times is important because if one houseplant gets attacked by an insect pest, it can quickly spread to other plants. Preventing insects from entering your home is key to indoor insect control. Hence you must be geared against it at all times. If you go to buy a new houseplant, check them thoroughly for disease or insects. After having bought them, isolate them for a couple weeks, just to make sure there are no problems. Your job doesn’t end there. Each time you water your plants, inspect both sides of the leaves for signs of pests or disease. If you suspect anything, get it either checked from where you bought it, and isolate the plant from your other plants until you have eliminated the problem.
It is also a good idea to wash the leaves of your plants several times a year. Dust and grime on houseplants is unhealthy for the plant and also looks very bad on them. Remember, just watering the plant isn’t enough. Like dust on our skin clogs the pores, it happens the same with plant leaves, making it difficult for the plant to breathe. In addition, dust filters sunlight before it reaches the plant, decreasing the amount of photosynthesis the plant can undertake. Moreover it can also attract and harbor spider mites and other insect pests.
Here are 5 quick ways to keep houseplants healthy
- Inspect plants before bringing them indoors to check for pests or diseases. Cure the problem before you infect your other indoor plants.
- Avoid placing plants in trouble spots, such as near heat or air conditioning ducts, on a television or radiator or between curtains and a frosty window.
- Make sure you place them where they get the right amount of light and air. Plants that require full sun will thrive in a south-facing window. East-and west-facing windows have moderate sun. North windows have very little sun.
- Remember that air conditions can be very dry in the winter because of heated air. You can provide a little extra humidity with a pebble tray and some misting.
- Always plant your houseplants in sterile soil since this minimizes problems with fungus gnats and other soil-borne diseases.
- You can keep your houseplants healthy and happy by just paying attention to their basic needs, and take care of any pest problems right away.
- Read online about how to best care for your particular indoor plants and maintain a schedule that will accommodate them.
About the Author
Jenny Richards is the owner of an online shopping website that sells myriad products right from home decor to gadgets. You can buy electronics online as well as perfumes at a fraction of the original cost.
Do you have any tips for caring for indoor plants?