Gardeners find it easier to grow tomatoes than keep house plants alive. It’s like one day they are healthy and then they start dropping leaves the next day.
While all plants need water, food, and sunlight to survive, different plants require different amounts of these things. It is not difficult to keep your plants healthy as long as you pay attention to their needs.
Get to Know Your Plants
If you are about to buy indoor plants online, choose those that will thrive on the amount of sunlight your house can provide. Provide the water they need consistently and not in alternating periods. Drought can affect the root system and make the plant weak. Most plants need to have their roots moist (not necessarily wet) but other plants tend to dry out faster when deprived of water. If you are new to gardening, find out the watering routine your plant needs.
Indoor plants also need to be regularly fertilised. A good fertiliser contains a balanced formula of vitamins and amino acids. To avoid pest problems, it also pays to use a pest control spray to prevent mites, earwigs, beetles and white flies from destroying your plants. Once a plant gets infected, the infection can spread quickly to other plants near it. Pest control will help you prevent this from happening.
Wash the Leaves
Wash the plant leaves several times a year to avoid any grime and dust from sticking to them and making them look bad. Do not use a feather duster to clean a house plant because it can transfect insect eggs from other plants. Use a hand sprayer and soft cloth to sprinkle water and wipe the dust and grime off the leaves.
Just like people, clogged pores are not healthy for plants as it makes it difficult for them to “breathe” or respirate. Aside from this, grime and dust can attract insect pests.
For best results, hire an indoor plant expert to do regular maintenance of your house plants.
Here are other tips to keep indoor plants healthy:
- Make sure that the plant does not show signs of infestation or disease before bringing it indoors. An infested plant can infect other plants. Isolate it for a week or two and then inspect the leaves for any problems and do not put it near your other plants until you have totally eliminated the problem.
- Do not place plants in trouble spots that will negatively affect their growth and health. Trouble spots are in between curtains, a frosty window, or near radiators, televisions, and air conditioning ducts.
- Provide misting or a little extra humidity especially during the winter.
- Do not deprive the plant of the sunlight it needs. While indoor plants need very little light, they still cannot survive without it. Provide full sunlight for the plant in a south facing window. North windows provide very little sun while east and west windows will give only moderate sunlight.
- Use sterile soil to provide best nutrients. It also helps minimise soil-borne diseases.
With the right amount of attention and care, you can transform your indoor plants into a healthy and beautiful home centerpiece.
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