If you have 1 houseplant or 100 around your home, you’re bound to have made at least one of these mistakes.
Houseplants are living beings. In your home, they need proper sunlight, water and food (fertilizer) to thrive. When you are plant shopping, think about your natural habitat. Do you have afternoon sun beaming in your space? Or, do you have a spot that receives some morning sun? Your conditions will help choose the proper plant.
Here are five common mistakes houseplant parents make and how to avoid them.
Not watering properly
Do you check the soil before you water? If you don’t, you could be over or underwatering your plants. Both are problematic. Here’s why:
Underwatering houseplants will show itself through wilted plants, dry soil, crispy leaf tips, and slow growth. To bring your plant back to life, slowly begin to water it. Give it a soak, let the water drip out of the bottom of the container, leave it for a few hours, and then check it if the soil is dry or moist.
Overwatering houseplants can cause irreversible damage to the roots. Generally, you will notice your plant developing yellow or brown foliage if it is overwatered. If you notice your plant is wilting, but the soil is wet. If you notice any of these signs check the roots of the plant to see if there is mould or root rot. Overwatering houseplants limits the plant’s ability to breathe; they begin to drown. If you notice grey, brown, slimy roots, the plant likely has root rot.
Prevent poorly watering your plants by buying a moisture metre. It can take some time to figure out a proper watering schedule with your plants, but we know you can do it.
Not enough sunlight
Do plants need full sun of the tag says so? Yes, they do. Placing a plant that needs lots of direct sunlight (cactus, succulents, for example) in a space with no direct sunlight will not bring you a happy plant. Natural light is ideal for most plants, but if you have an office with artificial light, there are some options.
If you notice your houseplants slowing in growth and drying out quickly, it is likely time to repot. For most houseplants this is every two to three years – this will vary on the type of plant, and it’s growing space. If you are repotting, select a container that is two to three inches wider and taller than the current pot.
Fertilizer is one of the most overlooked aspects to plant care. Houseplants should be fertilized in growth season (spring to summer). We have a wide selection of fertilizers available to promote healthy foliage, strong roots, or flowers.
Forgetting to clean the plant’s foliage
Indoor plants do not receive natural rainfall to remove dirt and dust from the foliage of plants. Plants can we sprayed with a mist or wiped down with a wet cloth or once a month. Doing this will keep your plants breathing and prevents pests.
Remember, growing houseplants is a journey. You’ll lose a couple of green friends along the way but being mindful of their growth requirements and your lifestyle; you can create a compatible relationship.