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How to Care For Indoor Plants

How to Care For Indoor Plants

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If you want to add color, warmth, as well as texture to your home, one solution for you is to add indoor plants. Furthermore, they are also great to improve air quality. It’s not difficult to grow houseplants as long as you give them the right care. Then, they can thrive.  However, it’s not always easy to care for them. There are some important factors for the growth of a plant such as soil, water, light, and room temperature. It’s essential to know how to manage these factors as the first step when you want to keep your plants beautiful and healthy. Check out this article, we will help you learn how to take care of your indoor plants effectively.

Plant Selection

First, you need to determine the place you want to put your plant in your house. The next step is to make your plants suitable for space as well as lighting. Consider whether you have a big spot or a small space. After that, know that you want a plant with green leaves or ones with flowers. It’s also important to consider how much time you plan to spend on a particular plant.

How to Take Care of Indoor Plants

Water

You should keep potting soil moist. However, avoid making it wet. In fact, some kinds of plants require you to keep the soil dry. Don’t keep it too damp or too dry. This can cause the plant’s roots to die gradually. And, you will have to face the death of the plant. In order to know when you need to water your plants, you have some methods. Indeed, you can notice the potting soil begins becoming lighter. And, it’s time to water them. After that, don’t forget to gauge the weight of your plants. Repeat this for some practice lifts you can determine when you should water the plants basing on picking them up. Besides, you can also use your finger to determine the moisture of the surface. If you have large plants, it’s best to use a hand-held moisture meter for this purpose.

Dehydration

If you don’t care for the plants properly, they can get to the point. This is a result of that your plants get seriously stressed. Or even, their roots are damaged. There are some signs you can see, including slow leaf growth, yellow or brown leaf.

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Overwatering

It’s a mistake when you water too much or too little. If you water your plants too frequently, you can allow the bacteria and fungus to move to the roots. It comes with many signs such as the falling of young and old leaf at once, fungus on the soil surface, brown leaf, and mushy brown roots. That’s why it’s important to water depending on the demand for watering. Some of the plants need more water such as plants in small pots, plants in direct sunlight, actively growing plants, native plants to wet areas, and plants with large or thin leaf. On the other hand, some need less water such as dormant plants, plants with rubbery leaves, and recently repotted plant, etc.

If you have no much time to follow a regular watering schedule, you should check your plants every 3 days.

Water Quality

You should choose room temperature tap water for almost indoor plants. We encourage you to give your plants rainwater or melted snow. You shouldn’t use softened water continuously because they may come with sodium.

Drainage

This is important for your plants. Drainage can help your indoor plants grow healthy. It’s better to use an organic potting soil. It should be made specifically for indoor plants. When it comes to containers, consider choosing ones with drainage holes.  Prevent your plants from standing in the water. Remember to check these holes to make sure they aren’t clogged.

Light

Light also plays an important role as watering. Each kind of plants requires a different light. Although many plants want direct sunlight, it’s difficult to get inside a house. In order to provide your plants enough light, you can put your plan in a window. However, avoid placing them in direct sunlight at the sunniest hours. Sometimes, you can also consider using the LED lamps for artificial lighting so that your plants can get the appropriate amount of light.

Temperature

Normally, most houseplants can grow in the idea temperatures from 65-75° for the daytime, and they can thrive in 55-60° at night. Each of them requires different temperature preferences.

Humidity

High humidity is great for most plants. However, in the winter, the humidity is dropped because of forced heat. A humidifier may be a good consideration for you. In addition, there is also a lot of other ways you can consider to increase the moisture. In order to help your plants, you can also take advantage of daily misting of leaves. You can keep some plants in a bathroom like gardenias.

Fertilizer

Every time you water your plan, it can deplete the nutrients out of the soil. That’s why you need to provide your plants with the nutrient replenishment regularly. We recommend you to fertilize once per month. It’s important to determine when you need to fertilize because you can make your plants worse if not necessary.

Repotting

Over time, you may have to think about a bigger pot because your plants can grow well, especially in the spring. Then, it’s essential to adjust your plants to new containers quickly. Of course, you need ones that are bigger than the initial container. But, don’t choose a too big container. If you want to repot, be careful with the root system in order not to damage them.

Conclusion

In conclusion, you always have to choose the best place for your plants to grow. It’s also related to light, temperature, humidity, and some others. After these points above, you have some essential tips for taking care of your indoor plants. Hope they are useful for you. Now, it’s time to decide the best plant for you.

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