How-to

Green thumb: How to care for indoor plants

Oct 9, 2018

Indoor plants bring the outside in; they make any given room more colorful and lively. If you care for them properly, they will make your home a green haven.

These plants purify the air for us, and make our homes more welcoming, taking care of them will make them thrive and flourish.

That is why learning how to care for plants is very important; even watering can do more harm than good if not done properly.

We will try to help you here in this article and provide a useful guide for indoor plants care.

Watch the water level

Soil should be kept moist; neither wet nor dry. Too dry or over watered soil can damage the roots and prevent the plant from growing.

There is no particular watering frequency that would work for all indoor plants. So you need to keep an eye on the soil until your establish each plant’s routine.

Keep in mind that if mold starts to form on the surface of the soil then you have been over-watering your plant and if cracks start to show then the soil is too dry.

Watch the temperature of the water

Water should be room temperature. Hot water can cause root damage and can even kill plants, and cold water causes dormancy and stifles any vegetation and growth options.

If the water comes from the tap too hot or too cold let it sit for an hour or something before watering your plants with it.

Watch the humidity level

Besides water, most plants need humidity to flourish. Keep an eye on your plants, if you find them welting or drying even though the soil is moist they need more humidity.

You can either install a humidifier if you live in a very dry area, or you can put a plate of water with some candles or pebbles in it near the plants, or you can even buy a spray bottle and sprinkles the plants with water on a regular basis.

And remember that grouping your plants together keeps the humidity level high and gives them a better atmosphere.

Drainage is essential

When choosing pots for your indoor plants do not focus only on the color and style and forget all about functionality. Drainage is one of the most important elements in pots.

Choose pots with drainage holes for excess water, and make sure to empty the cachepot regularly; sitting water can be very harmful for roots.

And if you happen to have cacti, know that they need better drainage than most other plants.

Light up the room

Plants need light to survive, this is a known fact. Yes, indoor plants do not need direct sunlight but they require either indirect sunlight or some sort of fluorescent light to thrive.

If you notice that your green plants are losing their bright color then they need more light in their lives, relocate them to a better lit area.

No drastic changes

Keeping the last thought in mind remember that plants adjust to their surroundings very slowly, so do not make any sudden changes as they might do more harm than good.

For instance if you notice that the plant needs more light change its location, but do not put under direct light.

And if you want to change your watering routine do it gradually not suddenly.