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Houseplant Guide

Just as there are countless houseplants, there are plenty of container types. The standard choices are plastic or clay pots, ceramic planters, or baskets with plastic liners. Plastic pots are often the most economical, while glazed ceramic pots and metal urns can give an upscale look. Some plants, like African violets, can be grown in special pots that provide constant moisture to the plant’s roots. Most of us never feed our plants, and that’s why they eventually start looking sickly. Our plant friends need food, or fertilizer, applied to the soil every couple weeks.

Knowing these things will help you decide what kind of soil and container to get for it as well. Repot your plant in fresh, new potting soil or bark. While the plant is out of the pot, examine the roots and snip off any that are dark or mushy. Once repotted, hopefully your plant will have enough roots to take up nutrients and water from the soil and grow some new roots. Watch this video onCaring for your houseplants – Watering. Realize not all plants on sale as indoor or houseplants are long term residents.

Aloe needs to drain completely between watering, otherwise root rot can set in. When I was a child, if I scraped my knee or developed a sunburn, I knew my cure was only an aloe leaf away. The ponytail palm stores water in its trunk like a cactus , and only requires water once every three or four weeks.

Some Kamerplant verzorging are marketed as something they are not. Some companies and florist will attach flowers to cacti or any plant to make it look like it’s blooming. Lucky bamboo is not a grass or a bamboo species, but a species of Dracena or related plant. Some companies also will paint or dye the flowers or leaves of a plant in order to make the buyer think it’s the plant natural colors.

That being said, low light plants need light of some kind. If a room has no windows and the lights stay off most of the time, the houseplant will not survive. Generally houseplants need either high, medium, or low light. Beyond this, a houseplant may need direct light or indirect light. Light is an important part of indoor houseplant care. In order to provide the right amount of light for your houseplant, make sure to check the tag on the plant when you purchase it.

This will remove dust, dirt, and many insects and pests that might affect the plant. Always inspect plants for pests as you water and care for them. Regardless of the type of fertilizer used, always remember to water thoroughly. Water volume should not vary, as the volume of water used is necessary to keep excess fertilizer salts leached out of the potting medium.

If you see brown tips on the leaves of your plants, the air in your home or office is probably too dry for them. Add moisture by grouping plants together, or putting them on top of pebbles in trays or saucers filled with a little water. (Don’t let the pots touch the water so the roots don’t stay constantly wet.) You can also mist your plants or even add a humidifier.

Which is suitable for lots of house plant varieties and really simple to use. She also stresses to not feed your houseplants during the dormant season as this can do more damage than good. If your space is too small for a Swiss cheese plant, it’s little brother may be the option for you. With its spectacularly unique foliage, this is a gorgeous addition to every indoor space. While most plants can tolerate a slight fluctuation in temperature, for more tropical species, consistency is key. About where we’re all going wrong with our house plant care routines and it all comes down to not choosing their environment properly.