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Providing consistent water for your plants
Alternating periods of drought and flood can really stress a plant’s root system. Most plants like having their roots consistently moist, but not wet. Some plants prefer to dry out a bit between watering. For new plants, check the care label or consult a good indoor plant care website. This will help you determine the right watering routine. Self-watering planters make it easier to keep plants watered. Avoid watering on a schedule, such as once a week. Rather, stick your finger in the soil to check soil moisture!
Choose a pot with good drainage. The amount of drainage in the pot in which you keep your plant is very important because plant can be damaged or killed over or under watering. Make sure your pot has drainage holes at the bottom.
If the soil of a plant is too wet or too dry, the roots will begin to die from dryness or root rot, which will eventually lead to the death of the plant. Never ever over water your plant.
Choose an area in your house where sunlight is adequate
Plants require sunlight in order to undergo photosynthesis. The quality, duration, and intensity of light all affect a plant's growth.
Avoid putting the plant in direct sunlight. Instead, give them plenty of indirect light by putting them in a well-lit room. Fluorescent lights can work as an alternative to sunlight for some plants.
Give flowering plants 12-16 hours of light per day.
Give foliage plants 14-16 hours of light per day.
Flowering plants usually do best in moderately bright light, so windows on the house's south, east or west sides are best suited for potted flowering plants.
Prevent problems related to Pest
Check for disease or insect houseplants before you purchase them. Then isolate them for a few weeks, just to ensure that there are no issues. Each time you water your plants, check for signs of pests or disease on both the top and bottom of the leaves. If anything is suspected, isolate the plant from your other plants until the problem has been eliminated.
Fungus gnats (family Mycetophilidae and Sciaridae) are a common pest in indoor plants, particularly where humidity and humidity are high. They are usually first noticed when the harmless adults are seen flying or gathering at a nearby window around house plants. These adult gnats, which are not biting, can become a flying nuisance. But it is the larval stage that can damage tender pl, feeding in the soil. But it’s the larval stage, feeding in the soil that can damage tender plant roots.
Wash houseplants smooth-leaved with a soft, moist cloth. Use a hand sprayer or sink sprayer to douse them with water for plants with many small leaves. Placing the plant under a shower head and spraying it is another option. The water should be lukewarm in all cases— not cold or hot. You can also add to the water a few drops of mild liquid spray soap or some diluted Neem Oil Concentrate.
Ensure to regularly prune your plant
Some plants need to have their roots pruned at different intervals, so it's important to read about how often your plant should be pruned. A non-pruned plant can grow out of control, and a plant's roots can outgrow its pot or vase. Prune your plant regularly to keep it healthy and to avoid replanting yourself. Cut branches or stems that are dead that can attract bugs. Prune over a leaf node at an angle of 45 ° to promote a more robust plant's growth.
If a plant drops its lower leaves, showing weak growth or a yellow-green color overall, more fertilizer may be needed. It may also need more light or less water, so take the time before pouring on more plant food to analyze all conditions. If a plant does not need it, adding fertilizer can be worse than doing nothing at all.
Choose a houseplant-specific organic fertilizer and carefully read the instructions. While natural fertilizers are less likely than a synthetic fertilizer to burn or harm your plants, the correct amount is important to apply. In general, low light plants will not require as much fertilizer as outdoor or bright light plants.
Every time a plant leaches from the soil watered nutrients. Even if this did not happen, plants in their soil would rapidly deplete the nutrients. Unlike outdoor plants, unless you regularly fertilize them, houseplants do not have a regular source of nutrient replenishment.
Indoor plants provide the home with colour, texture and warmth. They allow access to gardening throughout the year and can even improve air quality. Many houseplants are easy to grow, but in order to thrive they must be given adequate care. Because your plants were probably started in a greenhouse — grown under ideal conditions— it takes some adjustment on their part to move them into your home.
Over the years, having had a lot of plants, I learned a lot of things that every plant cares about and that together form healthy aura of the plant. If the plant lives in an area that meets each of its needs, it will thrive. If either area exceeds or fails to meet the plant's minimum standards, it will slowly disappear.
Below are the best five ways to take of your indoor plants
1. Provide consistent water
2. Adequate Sunlight
3. Prevent Pest Related Problem
4. Ensure to regularly prune your plant
5. Appropriate Fertilizer