Indoor plants have always been popular; however, after the pandemic people experienced the need for indoor plants more than ever before. The lock downs made sure that we stayed indoors and we felt the need for a bit of greenery indoors to brighten our mood while being cooped up in our homes and home-offices.
Here, I share with you nine tips to keep your indoor plants alive and healthy.
Choose what is right
Yes, I mean it, you need to choose the right kind of plants depending on the light , the temperature and humidity in your home. If you bring plants that are exotic they may just wilt away or die of root rot. So choose wisely. This will be the start of a new and healthy relationship with your indoor plants. Choose plants that can grow in shade or partial shade depending on your light conditions.
Make sure that you choose the right spot for that specific plant in your home. Remember all indoor plants are not equal. Do a bit of research about your plant before you decide the plant, the right spot and caring routine for them.
Plants like ZZ plant, Philodendrons, pothos, aglonima etc., make for great house plants.
Plants need bright light to grow and thrive. Even if they don't need direct sunlight they might need bright indirect light.
Remember if you keep your plant next to a glass window which receives direct sunlight your plant might get sunburn and the leaves could carry dry, ugly spots, so keep the window open in case you have a glass window.
Avoid keeping succulents indoors unless you have bright direct sunlight streaming in for hours. If you need to keep succulents keep them near a sunny window where your plant get at least 2-3 hours of sun for a day. I know that many sellers sell succulents as indoor plants. These can grow leggy and ugly if you keep them indoors for a long time.
Use growlights for indoor plants if you don't get enough light indoors.
Draw up a watering schedule for your plants depending on their needs and stick to it. Usually houseplants don't require watering everyday. Water them only when the soil is dry to touch. However, when you don't water them everyday you would tend to forget them, hence it is important to have a fixed watering schedule.
Most plants hate to be watered from above, however there are many tropical indoor plants that love a shower. Know your plant well before you water them.
Keep in mind what kind of soil would suit your plant indoors. What works outdoors may not work well for the same plant indoors. This is where your research will come in handy. It's important to have a well draining porous soil for indoor plants.
Take them out, change your indoor plants up every two to three weeks. The change in scenery is good for both, you and your plants. Plants require to be outdoors even if they are indoor plants so rotate your plants. If it is raining outside keep them out, let them get drenched in the rain, it does them a lot of good.
Keep them away from pets and children
Many plants are toxic for pets and children. So ensure that you bring plants that are safe for them or place them in a spot which is out of their reach.
However, pets especially pups and cats are not a great with house plants. They either chew up the leaves, hang on them or jump around and destroy your plants. Hence, make sure you keep your plants in safe places out of their reach.
Dust and grime can come in the way of the growth and the health of your plants. Clean the leaves regularly with a soft cloth dipped in water. The schedule for this may depend on the amount of dust and grime that accumulates on your plants.
Depending on the nature of your plant you may need to feed your plants regularly. Leafy plants with faster growth may need to be fed high nitrogen fertilizers more frequently than slow growing ones. Knowing the nature and needs of your plant is very important.
Watch for pests
A supposedly experienced gardener online once told me that indoor plants don't get attacked by pests, this is absolutely BS. Plants are more prone to pest attacks indoors as they are taken out of their normal habitat. Keep a close eye for leaf curvature or small black or white colored fuzzy objects on your plants. If you find pests immediately isolate the plant and spray it with soap water. Do this every other day until the pest are destroyed completely.
If you can follow all these tips you would keep your indoor plant alive and healthy for a long, long time.
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