You don’t need to have a green thumb to be able to successfully grow houseplants. Your plants will grow and thrive if you just do a few things to take care of them. Here are some tips to help you out:
A Guide to Happy House Plants
Provide good light. Light is a necessity if you want your plants to grow and undergo photosynthesis to generate their food source. The tricky part is figuring out how much light your plants like. To figure this out, it’s best to check the instructions on the plant’s care tags when you buy them. Either way, you need to make sure your plants are getting just the right amount of natural indirect sunlight.
Pick the best potting medium. Most of you know that dirt just doesn’t do the trick when putting your plants in pots. However, potting soil may not be the best choice either. Combinations of peat moss, vermiculite, and perlite will promote healthy plant growth because they promote air circulation and good drainage for water. Soil, on the other hand, packs together pretty tightly.
Give your plants a bath. Dust on leaves of plants interferes with the amount of sunlight your plants are absorbing. Depending on how dusty your home typically gets, you’ll need to check your plants about once a week or so just to see how much dust is gathering on the leaves. If it looks like they are getting pretty dusty, they are ready for a nice shower. Place the plant in your bathtub and spray them gently, preferably with lukewarm water. Or, if the plants are small enough, you can place them in your kitchen sink and clean them up with the sprayer. Allow each plant to drain for a few minutes before putting them back in their spots. You can also check your plant’s leaves for any discoloration while you’re bathing them and snip off the dead leaves or flowers.
Water as needed. It can’t be said enough: if you water your plants too much or too little, you’re going to end up with a very sad looking plant. Depending on the plant’s type and size, each plant is going to require a different amount of water. A good rule of thumb is to check the soil regularly. Stick your finger in the pot and press down about a half an inch. If the soil or the medium is dry, go ahead and give them a drink.