This weekend I thought I'd write another lifestyle related post as it's been a while; and what better topic to talk about than indoor plants ? I've only done one other post relating to indoor plants - (which you can find here) where I spoke about some of the health benefits they provide. In this post I'm going to touch on some basic house plant care tips that you should know, if you're going to keep your plants looking green and lush.
Now, I am not a house plant expert by any means; however I do have over 30 plants in my home, and have managed to keep them all alive for over two years. So if you're new to indoor plants and have just picked up your first green baby, or perhaps have been trying to grow plants but haven't had the best luck - keep on reading for 5 of my indoor plant care tips.
Before you buy any house plants, please look into their specific care requirements. Once you've read up on your desired plant, have a look around your home and see if you have the lighting requirements it needs - and if you don't, it might not be the best plant for you. If you already own a few house plants, I would still recommend you research them and look into their specific needs. This is going to be the best way to keep your plants alive.
2. Do Not Re-Pot
Okay so you've bought a new house plant, and want to make it look extra cute by planting it up in a fresh pot ? This can be a bad idea for some of the more fussy plants ! If you want your new baby to survive, the best thing you can do is just leave it alone for a while. Set it in it's new location, and let it adjust a bit to your house environment. Why? Because when we buy a plant it's usually been in a greenhouse with optimal conditions - and you've just brought it into your possibly dry and dark (compared to where it was) house. If you take the plant out of its pot on top of this you might just cause it too much stress. Simply put the ugly pot inside a cover pot, and plant it up in a few weeks or when you notice it's doing okay.
3. Clean Your Plants
Wiping over your house plants leaves with some neem oil (or other horticultural oil) every week is essential. Not only will your plants look so much nicer if they're clean, but they are also better able to photosynthesise (which means more growth!) This will also help prevent any bugs, and if kill any that may have found their way onto your plants.
4. Feel the Soil
Before watering any of your house plants, you need to feel whether or not they actually need any more water. Overwatering could kill your house plant, so just pop your finger into the dirt and feel if it is still damp. If your plant is a fern, it needs to be kept damp at all times, so you can still give it a little water. Most other plants like to completely dry out before they receive more water, and when you do water them make sure you completely soak the soil. In the winter your plants will likely need to be watered a little less often, because they grow less and there is less sun - however if they are in a prime position in your house, they may have no idea it's winter and keep on growing as per their summer rate.
5. Grouping Plants
Plants that love higher humidity (again think ferns, calatheas etc) can do better when grouped together. This is because plants actually release water through their leaves, so you will create a more humid environment by grouping them. This can also be beneficial for plants that have similar light and water requirements, so no one is forgotten about.
Before ending this post I just wanted to say - if you do kill an indoor plant, don't worry! It takes a while to get to know each of your plants and what they specifically need for your environment. After a few months with each plant you will start to understand their language, and be able to make them thrive.
I hope you enjoyed this little post, and if you have house plants I'd love for you to leave a comment below with your best tips!