You are a outdoor gardening genius, so why is indoor gardening such a impossible feat? Use these tips as a guide to keep your home filled with happy, healthy potted houseplants!
Start by purchasing healthy, bug free plants. This is the time to be picky. A houseplant at a garden center should look its very best, not like it's on it's last leg. If you gently thump the side of a container, you might see a white fly cloud rise out of the soil. Avoid buying these plants and introducing their problem into your home.
Keep a holding room. When you bring home a new potted plant, isolate it in a room away from other houseplants for up to a month to make sure it's bug and disease free.
Don't overuse fertilizer. Provide plant food monthly only during spring and summer and use a diluted 20-20-20 fertilizer. Remember fertilizer makes plants bigger, to much of it can make plants quickly outgrow their garden pots.
Update pots judiciously. Only when a plant's roots have outgrown it's pots does it need to be bumped up to a bigger container. Change pots conservatively because many plants, like succulents and cacti, prefer to be a bit root bound.
Don't under water or over water. Potted plants only need water when they are dry - unless the plant tag specifies otherwise. To water, fill the container from the top layer of soil to the brim, until water comes out the the drain hole in the bottom of the planter. Wait about half hour for plant to drink what it needs. Remover excess water from the saucer.
Rejuvenate tropical houseplants with spa days. Most potted houseplants are tropical and enjoy humidity. Treat them to a spa day by relocating them one or two at a time, to a steamy bathroom.
potted houseplants is a hobby that can be enjoyed by everyone. You donít need
to get green thumb gardening to keep them healthy. If you notice most designer photographs show
a room that always has a houseplant in a decorative container. That is because
they offer color, warmth and a touch of love and, make any area come alive.
purchasing a new plant at your local home and garden center or nursery, make
sure it is healthy. This is not the time to nurture a sick plant back to
health. Look for lush green leaves, moist soil and plump stems. Nothing dry, slimy or black is healthy.
Houseplants donít need a lot of attention but they do need, light, water &
Sunlight is the standard which all light is compared. Make sure you potted houseplants are near a
sunny area, and make sure that they arenít in a drafty window or near a hot
wood stove. Temperature is important. Try to use a potting mix that helps the soil
hold water and nutrients. Water
according to the directions. Improper
watering is the most frequent reason indoor plants die. Remember, itís always better to underwater
than over water. Establish a schedule to
help make this task easier.
underestimate the importance of fertilizer.
Soil loses its nutrients over time so if you want to keep your indoor
potted plants healthy for the long term then fertilize on a regular basis.
When it comes to selecting a garden container to pot in we have a few basic
recommendations. Always use a pot with a
drain hole, clay is porous and breathes, and always go with a bit larger than
needed so the roots have room to expand.
By understanding these basics houseplant needs, your plants will grow healthy
and lovely for a very long time.