Taking Good Care of Indoor Plants - 8 Major Factors to Consider

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We all know taking care of anything is not an easy task. For those with kids, you should get this better. You have to learn a lot of things, like light, water, soil, and room temperature. You should learn how to use gardening tools and have control of all of these things to benefit you and the plants you are keeping at home. In a short while, we will go through all of the most common mistakes in keeping plants.

Light

Light

One thing we have to avoid doing is placing our plants into direct sunlight especially during the sunniest hours. It is recommended that we place the plants in the east-facing window, and it is also okay to place them under led lights when your apartment is not too bright.

Remember that light is just as important as water. Remember that the light necessary depends on the type of plants that you use

Watering

Watering

It is not okay to water the plants with cold water or even tap water. The water has to be Lukewarm. If you only have access to tap water, it is recommended that you leave the water in an open bowl and allow the disinfectant in the water to evaporate. Make sure that the soil is dry. This way the water doesn't build up in the soil or in the pot.

Do you know that most of the time people complain that they are not watering enough even when it is clear that they might be watering too much? The most accurate way to know if your plant needs water is through testing the weight. Pick the container you placed the plant and find the weight, the lighter they are, the more they need water. Most house plants prefer a mildly dry soil than a soaking wet soil

This implies that you create a schedule that is once or twice a week which is suitable for most plants. When pouring water on the plant, do it gently and deliberately so that the soil around the plant is soaked then starts rising that I a sign that you are to stop watering.

The season matters also, during winter times plants will require only a few times a month.

Find a tray and place them underneath the potted plant's container. This way you can catch all the excess water which prevents a mess. These are very cheap, with more money, you can get a watering spray to make this task completely hassle-free. Also using some spray bottles can be helpful for light-emitting once or twice a day.

Temperature

Wherever you place the plant, make sure that the water isn't below 15 degrees make sure that the environment where you place the plant has an optimum condition at least 20 to 22 degrees. It is proven that plants grow faster with 80 to 90 percent humidity. To simulate this effect in your home, you can place some ball of wet clay at the bottom of the plant's pot: when the water begins to evaporate it generates the right amount of humidity for the plant

Soil

Soil

It is not okay to use generic soil because every plant comes with their needs and the soil has them all, there are specific soils to use, typical house plants come from the tropical environments and may require special kinds of soil with specific organic and inorganic qualities. Herbs require specific draining soil and the vegetables require soils with peculiar organic qualities. Be careful when choosing the soil which is best for meeting the needs of your plants. You should use a drill planter instead of hands when planting bulbs, and seedlings to keep the soil intact. 

Placement

You do not have to keep the plant in the most aesthetic part of the house. Make sure that you do what is right for your plants instead of what is right for you in this case. When you are taking care of plants indoor, you will have to choose the best place for growth, with an optimum range of light, humidity, and temperature. Remember also that when you are moving the plants around it can also cause damage to the leaves and flowers.

Fertilizing time

Plants carry photosynthesis to process their food for survival, they also need food to grow. Providing that food through fertilizers ensure that your plants grow healthy. You can deliver them through granule which breaks over time or through a water-soluble.

Good airflow

You can maintain this by running a ceiling fan in your home to keep the air in your home circulating. Know that still air can cause your plant to fall sick and die. This is why greenhouses typically have giant fans running.

Rotational Placement

For even growth of the plant, you should ensure that you rotate the plant from time to time so that you can face the plants where they can grow evenly.

Plant Care Tips

Maintaining an indoor garden isn't a piece of cake. You have to be passionate about gardening to achieve a good level of success. Prune your plants regularly using a tree grafting tool, control pests when necessary, and ensure moderate water and sunlight for your plants. 

How often should you water the plants?

When you notice that the soil is very dry all you have to do is water the soil until it is damp, for most plants, it is okay to water them once or twice a week. During the winter periods, watering the plant should not be as frequent—maybe once or twice a month

Do indoor plants need sunlight?

Yes, they all do. The thing about plants is that most plants cannot digest sugar without sunlight.  Just as food is essential to plants, so also sunlight is, to stimulate their growth after digesting the sugar.

Which indoor plants are good for the home?

Of course, you do not want to go to the store to get just any plant. The snake plant comes first to my mind, It is known to survive under fluorescent light and they can also handle being dry between the times it takes to water. Other good plants for the home are the dumb cane, peace lily, and most succulents.

Why is my indoor plant dying?

Why your indoor plant may be dying could have a lot of reasons and all of this information has your answer. The reasons range from, getting too much or inadequate sunlight, and even overwatering the plant can most time lead to such effect.  

Can you save a dying plant?

Living things can be saved, as far as the means for saving them is readily available. Saving a dying plant is easy because most plants don't even need too much to begin to germinate all it might require is a little care and attention when you have a plant which is dying, there can be a lot of reasons—they include; bugs, viruses, molds, etc. all of these are common reasons and you will have to do well to prevent them in the first place.

To save a dying plant, there are some major steps to take, repot the plant, move the plant, water the plant and then feed the plant, these are very easy

Learning how to manage all of these factors listed above might not be too easy when you’re interested to know how to take care of indoor plants. However, in time you can easily get used to the procedures, nevertheless with the information that you have now you can treat the plant better. I wish you the greenest of time.


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