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How to Keep Indoor Houseplants Healthy

January 9, 2020
Home Living

Being around plants is linked to improvements in focus, memory, stress-relief, and more, and many plants can thrive in an indoor environment. This is the perfect way to start gardening in a small space, and it can be more convenient than creating an outdoor garden, which requires more advanced tools like an electric grass trimmer or cordless lawnmower.

Unfortunately, houseplants are often unpredictable, and it can be tough to figure out what your plants need. This article will help you take care of indoor houseplants and keep them healthy throughout the year.‍

Research Your Plant

While some tips apply to every plant, it’s important to remember that each plant has unique characteristics and needs. Certain plants might need significantly less water than others, for example, and you won’t know that unless you check the tag and do research on your own as needed.

You can always adjust your approach if your plant takes a turn for the worse, but it’s generally best to start by following the instructions unless you have previous experience with the plant. There are numerous video and text guides online along with plant care apps.

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Use Drainage Holes

Drainage holes prevent excess water from pooling at the bottom of a pot, and it’s much easier to kill a plant by over watering if your pot doesn’t have drainage holes. If your plant isn’t being drained, you should consider moving it to a pot that provides better drainage.

When re-potting a plant, it’s important to use a pot that’s only slightly bigger than the original. Look for something roughly one to two inches wider and deeper to give your plant just enough room to grow into the new pot.‍

Adjust Your Approach for Every Season

It’s critical to support your plant’s unique needs at each time of the year, and this requires careful attention to its progress. First, make sure to stop giving your plant fertilizer during the cold season -over-fertilizing can lead to a variety of health issues including burnt roots and death.

You’ll also need to cut back on water throughout the winter in order to prevent over watering, which is one of the most common causes of plant death. Make sure to check the soil’s condition in order to determine how often to water for optimal plant growth.

If you’re struggling to keep your houseplant alive and growing, you can improve its health by making a few simple adjustments. These tips will help you give your plant a longer life and maximize growth in each season.‍

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