If you’re looking to up your sustainability at home or just want some green decor, indoor plants are a great investment. While maintaining indoor plants may seem easy, it actually takes a level of effort and care. Nurturing indoor plants requires some research, patience, time, and money. With just a little beginner’s gardening advice, you’ll be ready to go.
1. Research Your Plant
This is one of the simplest tips for being a good plant owner. When you buy a plant, you’re intending to care for and raise it – for this to happen, it needs to be given the proper care. Familiarize yourself with the plant by researching its watering, temperature, and general care needs. If you make assumptions and try to eyeball how much you’re watering or how much light you’re giving, you risk harming the plant.
2. Choose the Correct Pot
This pot is your plant’s home, so it’s crucial to make it comfortable. As drainage is of the utmost importance, your pot should have a hole in the bottom for water. If there is no hole, the plant will likely be surrounded by more water than it can handle and could die. Additionally, plants need space to grow – if there is inadequate space for the roots to stretch, they wont be able to hold up the plant, eventually resulting in your plant dying.
3. Observe the Plant
The only way you can recognize a problem is if you give the plant adequate attention. This simply involves checking the plant from time to time. By doing this, you can monitor the plant for issues and ensure that you’re doing the right things. For instance, if the soil is soaking, you’re probably overwatering your plant. If your plant isn’t producing shoots and leaves, it probably needs more light. If there are brown spots, your plant may be in a spot that is too humid.
4. Watch your Watering
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is overwatering your plant. A few plants thrive in extremely wet soil, but most plants just require a moderate amount. Additionally, it is important to make sure you’re not under-watering. To do this, stick your finger into the middle of the soil (about an inch deep), and if it’s dry, it’s time to give your plant more water. If it still feels damp, there’s probably enough for the time being.
5. Build the Plant a Home
Plants, just like humans, require an environment around them which allows for growth. For instance, plants should not be stored in extremely hot or cold areas. Thus, make an effort to avoid housing plants near heating or air vents. In addition, if your plant is in direct sunlight and looks very dry, it is likely receiving too much sun; move the plant to a place receiving indirect sunlight. Check the plant’s soil; if it looks cramped, or the roots are twisted or surfacing, your plant needs more space.
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