How To Look After Your Plants Properly

Ever heard the old joke they’re so useless they can’t even keep a plant alive? Well, believe it or not, our indoor foliage can be harder to keep healthy than you’d think. Plants are extremely intelligent, require lots of sunlight, water, care and attention just like any other living thing. They are also an absolute joy to have around the house from leafy ferns, potted geraniums, and fresh cut roses to Christmas planters, exotic orchids and even spiky cacti. It doesn’t matter if you’ve just bought your very first plant or are well-seasoned in the art of bringing out the best in your greenery, these quick tips will help your indoor plants grow healthier, stronger and last even longer.  

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Location, Location, Location

A plant grows best when it's in a well-ventilated room, not in direct sunlight and placed somewhere where the stems aren’t jammed up against anything else. Plants will do poorly in front of your TV, or radiator, on a high shelf or in front of the curtains. If it’s a species that needs lots of light consider placing it in a west facing window, plants that need less sunlight should be south facing and if it requires very little light at all, some do, then pick a spot that faces north as it will be the darkest. Make sure that when choosing a new home for your plant that it’s not somewhere where it could be disturbed, picked at or even pushed over by curious children or pets as that will do it no good whatsoever.

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Plants Need Water But Not Too Much

One of the most common reason plants die is that they are either drowned by wet, gooey soil or because the soil is dry, arid and dust like. Check what your plant actually is, a good way to find out is to look at gardening websites or visit your local Planter store. Once you understand your plants nature, you’ll then know what the appropriate water level should be. Typically, you should make sure that the soil in the container is moist to the touch, but no water is visible on the surface. Depending on what type of plants you have you’ll need to give all of them different amounts. For instance succulents, and cacti only need watering every few weeks where as fresh flowers, greenery and ferns will need watering every few days. During winter, when the air is dryer, it’s a good idea to buy a spray bottle where you can mist your plants as needed, making sure that they’re getting much needed extra moisture.

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Keep Them Free Of Pests And Dust

Over time plants can start to look wilted, shrivelled and decidedly dusty so it’s important that you practice good garden maintenance even indoors. First check that your plant has no dead, or dying leaves, black spots or obvious signs of illness. If your plant is unhealthy it may feel sticky, tacky and rough. If the plant has acquired some dust gently, sponge the leaves, making sure you use a separate cloth as any bacteria picked up in the dust can be spread to other species.

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