Indoor plants can be tricky things to grow. They beautify our homes, offices and other interiors, but often they arrive all glossy and sadly within a month wither away and die. And that’s usually due to incorrect human intervention. Overwatering being the number one culprit. Killing it with kindness is a thing in the indoor plant world.
So it’s good to get a handle on how best to care for your plants. All plants need specific care depending upon the species they are, so these tips below are for general care only. For specifics on the best possible care for your particular plants, make sure you research what is required for each one you have. Most come with a tag from place of purchase, so check that out to pinpoint the exact type and it’s requirements to thrive. Remember to always buy the healthiest looking plant to give it the best possible chance of survival. And use Munash Organics Indoor Plant Food and Foliage Spray for the best health of your babies.
Watering : A good way to check if your plants need water, is to place your finger on the soil then lift it : if there is soil on your fingertip that plant doesn’t need water. If your finger tip is dry, generally speaking it does need a drink. In fact, most plants are happy with the top 1 – 2 inches of soil being dry, so again, go with what your soil and the plants’ leaf & body structure is telling you. Time of year will also dictate how much and how often you water – ease off on watering in Winter, and water more in Summer.
Light : Plants have special requirements for each plant type. Some like less light like ferns, whereas others require lots of lovely light to grow. Check out which applies to your special green friend.
Position : Most indoor plants love a good sunny aspect preferring around 18 – 20 degrees Celsius consistent temperature if possible. This can be difficult to recreate in a home or office with air conditioners, heaters etc affecting the air quality as well as the humidity. So be mindful what your indoor climate is and how it will play its part in your plants health.
Pests : It’s important to check the underside of leaves for any signs of pests. It’s good to get in a habit of doing that when every time you are watering for a full plant health care regime. That way you can nip those nasties in the bud before they become a problem and infest the entire plant.
Air flow : Most plants really love good air flow. To help your plant leaves breathe, be sure to give them a gentle wipe over with a damp cloth every month or so. Their leaves essentially act as their lungs, so less dust clogging the leaves, the better they are off. Ensure your plants aren’t in areas of draughts. Check by placing your hand around windows and under doors etc to gauge how draughty that area is prior to placing the pots there. Another trick is to prod little holes into your soil for aeration with a chopstick or similar item. Plants love that! It helps their soil breathe better rather than being compacted down.
Wet feet : Most plants hate wet feet, so don’t water them so much so that they are sitting in water in their saucers. It also increases bugs to be attracted to the plant – nothing good will come from that.
Words by Hey Hoe Let’s Grow