It’s best for you to learn about the right growing conditions for your indoor plants and then come as close as you can to providing those conditions. Once you’ve done this, you need to pay close attention and keep an eye out for any problems that are developing. If there seems to be something wrong, do something about it! Here are some surefire ways to kill your houseplants:
8 Ways to Kill Houseplants
- Over watering: Over watering is the #1 killer of houseplants, which can lead to root rot. Avoid letting your plants sit in water and don’t automatically water all your houseplants on a schedule. Just water as needed.
- Improper watering and salt buildup: Providing your potted plants with just enough water to get the soil wet can lead to salt buildup, which can obstruct the growth of your houseplants. You may not even see it until you start to notice a white crust on the soil or sides of the pot.
- Low humidity: Lack of humidity can really hurt your indoor plants, especially during the winter. When the heat comes on in your home, the humidity can take a huge dip. You’ll first notice browning leaf tips when this problem occurs.
- Insufficient light: Plants that are getting insufficient light will appear pale, rather than a healthy green and new growth is frail, as it reaches for the sun. You may also notice that the new leaves are smaller than they would be normally.
- Exposure to drafts: Placing an indoor plant near a frequently opened door to the outside or too close to a window with limited insulation will have the same effect as leaving the plant outside without protection.
- Exposure to direct heat: Placing your houseplant close to a direct source of heat, like a radiator or duct, will not only fry your plant, but it will speed up dehydration as well.
- Ignoring pest problems: Indoor pests reproduce quickly. There are no natural predators help you out, so you have to be very thorough about looking for symptoms. Spider mites, aphids, mealy bugs and scale can infest a plant in days. If severe enough, the plant may end up way past recovery. Once you spy symptoms of pests, spray Pure 3-Way on your plant to get it back to health. With this product, you don’t have to worry about endangering the environment or your loved ones because it uses natural ingredients.
- Allow it become pot bound: When a plant outgrows its pot, the roots circle around inside the pot and start to restrict themselves. Pot bound plants tend to dry out more quickly than normal, because the ratio of roots to soil is too large.