How to Keep Your Houseplants Healthy

Houseplants are a great way to welcome nature into your home. They are also good at purifying your indoor air, and some have medicinal properties. However, for the indoor plants to stay healthy and reward you with their many benefits, they need some care. Here are five tricks for keeping your houseplants healthy and looking great!

Re-pot Your Plants

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Whether you are bringing in new plants or maintaining old ones, reporting is a great way to keep them in good shape. This gives the plants a chance to grow. And helps you check for any pests or diseases that may be affecting them; this is ideal for existing plants.

For newly bought plants, make sure you re-pot them as soon as they arrive at your home. This helps to give the plant space to grow its roots and acclimate to its new environment.

When re-potting your plants, go for a bigger container than the one the plant was in before. When re-potting small plants, the new plant container should be 1-2 inches bigger than the plants. For big plants, the new pot should be at least twice the size of the old one. The extra size is to give room for the plant to grow. 

Give Your Plants Adequate Light

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When it comes to light, each houseplant has its preferences. A few of them are okay with partial sunlight, while others thrive under full sun. Some varieties grow well indoors, while others are best in a greenhouse or outdoors.

For houseplants that need more light, place them near windows or doors to get as much sunlight as possible. If the light is not enough, you can always buy grow lights indoors.

Give Your Plants the Right Amount of Water 

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Overwatering is a common problem that most people face when caring for their indoor plants. The best way to avoid this is to water your plants the right way.

Do not count days or weeks to water your houseplants. Instead, insert your fingers into the soil up to the second knuckle; if it feels dry, water the plant. Alternatively, if the leaves are wilting, your plants deserve some water. Remember, the aim is to make the soil damp and not to make it wet. 

A quick tip: Put a damp sponge at the lowest end of the pot prior to filling it with soil. The sponge will work as a water reservoir, and it can also avert a gusher should you overwater the plant.

Feed Your Plants 

If you want your indoor plants to bloom, do not desert them. Feed them! Houseplants need food too, and they will show their appreciation by blooming. Feed your plants once a month with organic plant fertilizer. Do this while they are growing, and stop doing it when the plants enter dormancy.

For a more natural alternative to artificial fertilizers, you can use compost. The compost is easy to prepare and is a natural fertilizer for your houseplants.

Inspect for Pests and Diseases 

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Even with the best care, pests and diseases can still affect your houseplants. This is why it is essential to inspect your plants regularly for any signs of pests or diseases.

Look out for insects like mealybugs and whiteflies on the leaves and stems of your plants. If you find any, use organic pesticides to get rid of them.

Also, keep an eye out for signs of diseases like yellowing leaves and spots on the leaves. If you find any, take action immediately to treat the plant.

Conclusion

Caring for your houseplants does not have to be complicated. With a bit of knowledge and the above tricks, you can keep them healthy and looking great. Subscribe to our blog for more gardening tips!

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