Tips on Maintaining Indoor Plants

Indoor plantsIndoor plants can add a lot of character to a house, but it is crucial that the plant is healthy and well cared for, if one is looking for the right effect. Of course a brown wilting plant will not have the same appeal that a lush green plant would have. Do take time to choose your indoor plants carefully so that they fit into their designated place properly and also remember to pick plants that are hardy so that you don’t have to tend to them too often.

Simply buying the indoor plants and getting them home is not enough, you have to maintain these plants too so that they stay healthy and continue to look good. Some tips below will help you in this task:

  • Light - The first mistake most of us with indoor plants is presuming that they do not need sunlight. Nothing could be further from the truth. Every plant needs sunlight for the process of photosynthesis. Now one way of providing this sunlight is placing these plants near the window or other such areas where the light filters in and another method is to rotate your plants and place them outside in the sun after every two to three days.
  • Nutrients - Like all other plants, indoor plants also need nutrients and you can add some to the pot periodically. In most cases these nutrients are available in pre-mixed fertilizer form and come with instructions on how they are to be added to the plants. The only problem with adding these fertilizers to indoor plants is that sometimes that can give out a bad odor that may fill up the entire house. Again here it is best to add the fertilizers and leave the plants outside the house for a day before brining them back in.
  • Water - Of course water is a large part of the maintenance of any plant and the indoor plants are no different. You will need to water your indoor plants periodically but again here some caution is required. When it comes to outdoor plants, the extra water is drained into the soil around the plant. However, when it comes to indoor plants there is not much space for the water to go. This means that if you over water the plant, it does not evaporate and is not able to escape into the soil around and thus begins to rot the plant.
  • Temperature – Plants need to stay in the right temperature and this is important in the case of indoor plants too. Since most homes will keep the temperature controlled it is best to get sturdy plants that stay healthy in quite a large range of temperatures so you don’t have to take them outdoors almost everyday.

Keep these tips in mind and make sure you remove the dead leaves from your indoor plants in order to keep them looking healthy. Also do your research well so that you are aware of the plants habitat and needs.

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