How to care for your indoor plants
The most common phrase we hear in our nursery is: "I kill plants, but I want an indoor plant; how do I keep it alive?"
While the different species require different approaches, here are a couple of basic rules that will apply to all of your indoor plants, and will keep them happy and healthy for years to come.
1: READ THE INSTRUCTIONS
With the boom of the indoor plant age, many, if not all plants, now come with very basic guidelines on how to care for your plant. Light needs as well as watering requirements are listed, and these should be adhered to. There is no point in dropping a plant that needs bright light into your basement, as your plant will quickly shuffle off its mortal coil.
2: HOW OFTEN TO WATER
While this differs on the size of the plant, the variety, as well as outside factors such as humidity and heat, the basics remain. Water your plant once a week (maybe more if its a scorching day or you left the oven on over night) but not too much! The easiest way to gage how much water to give is to feel the soil. Stick your finger into the soil carefully, about 2cm deep. Is it damp? Is there soil stuck to your finger? Just like with baking a cake, it can sit for a little longer if the answer is yes.
Plants are very good at letting you know what is wrong. If leaves are browning, and they're soft, they're being over watered, if the browning spots are hard, they may be in too bright a light coupled with under-watering. Remedy overwatering by starving your plant. Let it dry out completely and then resume watering, but water less frequently.
If your plant has a drip tray, make sure the drip tray is empty. Plants will die of root rot very quickly if they sit in too much water.
Ferns tend to disclolour and lose their "shine" if overwatered, so keep an eye.
3: WHAT LIGHT?
Plants need light in order to photosynthesise and survive. While some prefer full sun, others will burn very quickly.If you notice browning or wilting, immediately check if the light is too bright. Maybe the afternoon light gets through and your plant will get sunburnt. Labels on plants will always tell you where to keep them, but trial and error and moving your plants around will yield the best results
4: REPOTTING AND FEEDING
Do your research on the specific variety you own. Regular feeding and great potting mediums really do make the world of difference. Be sure to repot your plants when they look too big for their boots! Choose a good potting medium that suits the species, and always remember to be as careful as possible with the tender roots.
With the larger leafed plants, cleaning needs to be done regularly. While dust may not necessarily harm a plant, they look so much better when theyre kept clean. Wipe them off with a damp cloth. Get as much of the dust off, to open up the pores of the leaves. A quick wipe down with some organic coconut oil will keep your plants lovely and shiny for a good month or two between cleans.
If you have any other queries or are struggling with a plant of your own, feel free to email us a picture on firstname.lastname@example.org so we can remedy the problem and help you to get your plant back to tip top shape!
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