Tips For Nurturing Indoor Plants
Nurturing plants is an art and while there are those with a green thumb, here’s to those who want to turn their thumbs green too. Here at this awesome site, we’ll bring to you the best ways to take care of plants and keep them green and healthy. Many of us cannot afford to have outdoor space for a garden, but then there are many varieties of indoor plants to choose from to add freshness and life to home or office spaces. Indoor plants come in a wide range of colors, textures, heights and shapes. They vary in their needs for sunlight and water, humidity and temperature also play a part in their growth. While there are plants that are poisonous, choose carefully and you will have plants to purify the indoor air, keeping it fresh and bright. Here are a few things to consider while selecting and nurturing of indoor plants.
Selection of plant: Plants must be chosen based on its light and water requirements, temperature and humidity tolerance. Determine where you would like to place the plant, and the amount of light it will receive. Assess how much time you can afford to take care of the maintenance of the plant, there are plants that require constant care like the orchids, while there are others like the succulents that can be neglected for surprisingly long periods.
Temperature and humidity: Most indoor plants grow ideally at moderate temperatures and thrive in the humidity of around 80%. While most plants are not so humid, the plant pot can be placed in a tray of water and pebbles to keep the surroundings humid. The plants can be misted every day. Plants like Gardenia and orchids have higher humidity requirements.
Potting: Organic potting soil is most suitable for healthy indoor plants. A layer of pebbles within the pot, at the bottom, will facilitate drainage of excess water and prevent water logging. Waterlogging can rot the roots and damage the plants. Choose a container with holes for drainage and place them in a tray if it is in an area that can get soiled by drained water. See to it that the drainage holes don’t get clogged. Water the plant to suit its requirement, plants do not take well to excess watering or dehydration.
Fertilizers: Plants that have been newly introduced to pots or plants that have stayed in the same pot for over a period of time all require additional fertilizers. Plants constantly utilize nutrients in the soil for their growth requirements, so the soil must be fertilized from time to time with micro and macro nutrients ideal for its growth. Plants require nitrogen and phosphate sources. Fertilize at least once a month during active growth and flowering period, and less often during dormant stages like winter. In general, use only 1/4th the amount of fertilizer of the recommended amount on the label. Check plant growth, if the leaves look lighter, fertilize at least once in two weeks. Organic fertilizers are better options than synthetic fertilizers as synthetic fertilizers in excess can burn the plant.
Repotting: Repot plants every year with fresh organic soil and fertilizers. It is best to repot in the spring and take care not to damage the roots as you uproot to repot the plant.
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