Indoor plants can add color and vibrancy to a home. Just like an outdoor garden, the realm of houseplants can seem daunting when beginning to explore types of plants and their maintenance. Luckily, caring for indoor plants is not that difficult if you keep these simple points in mind.
1. Provide consistent water
Many plants will experience stress if they are deprived of water or drenched in it. It is crucial to consistently water plants to keep roots moist, and not extremely wet or dry. Overwatering can be just as damaging as under-watering. Roots cannot absorb more water than a plant needs, so the excess water will take the place of oxygen and suffocate the root. Overwatering can also lead to plant rot. So check the soil to make sure it is moist, but not soaking wet like standing water. Most importantly, make sure to read each plant’s tag and do research. Plants with a lot of leaf surface will need more water than waxy foliage or succulents. There are also digital moisture meters, which will come with a guide to watering over 150 varieties of indoor plants and will prevent over- or under-watering.
2. Prevent pests
Pests cannot only be detrimental to a plant they attack, but can quickly spread to other plants. Before a plant is brought into a home, make sure to check its leaves for insects or disease. Even if a plant is unscathed, prevention is key when it comes to caring for houseplants. Organibliss is not only an all-natural plant food, but its neem extract is a natural deterrent for pests. Make sure to wash and dust the leaves of your plants every couple of months to prevent dust and buildup that could attract pests.
3. Make sure the plants get plenty of light
Natural light is essential for plants, so it is important to be consciousness of how much light each plant receives. There are three factors to consider when evaluating plant lighting: amount of light, intensity of light and light spectrum. Make sure you know whether the plant needs to be in a directly lit, indirectly lit, partially shaded or shaded area. It is also important to note whether or not the plant will need to be rotated across these areas. Some plants may require more light than others, so you may want to consider artificial light sources for plants that require a lot of direct light.
4. Choose good potting
Having quality potting and saucers will significantly increase a houseplant’s longevity. The pot should have more than one hole on the bottom to allow water to drain. Having inadequate drainage could drown the roots or lead to root rot. Choosing the right potting mix is also essential. It should be a potting-specific blend containing light materials such as peat moss and decomposed organic material. To enrich your potting soil, add Organibasic™ – Granular Soil Adjuvant to it when you first mix it [one cup to 7 – 10 gallons of soil mix]. Then, halfway through the growing cycle, add a pinch of Organibasic™ as a top dressing near the stalk of each plant. Each time you water it, these rich plant nutrient penetrate the soil to help build a healthy root system – the “life blood” of any plant.
5. Do your research!
Before taking the plunge in the world of indoor plants, make sure to research which plants will work well for your home and lifestyle. Do you have a big window that will let light in or a smaller space with less direct light? Evaluate how much time you can spend on plant care. Some plants such as spider plants require minimum care while an orchid requires consistent devotion in order to thrive. It is vital to choose plants that will thrive in the light environment you can provide them