Home improvement

How to care for houseplants without killing them

The sun (if there was any!) warmed it during the day. In hindsight, it might have been too cold for them but I don’t remember any plants dying because of this. The leaves of your plants need to breathe and a build-up of dust can prevent this. I also run a few small diffuser/humidifiers in the rooms where my plants are. I don’t run them every day – about 4 times a week.

Hell, most dwarf fruit trees can live inside, though their ability to provide fruit may vary – depending on if they’re self-fertile, or if they need cross pollination. Another fun and easy edible you could grow indoors are sprouts and micro-greens. Over time, you’ll find what kinds of houseplants jive well with you and what you have to offer, and which seem to hate you. Yes, I have killed many a houseplant over the years. They do well outside on our shady porch, but not inside, for whatever reason. If your plants seem a little worse for the wear after winter ends, provide them with more sunlight, fresh air, and frequent bathing.

Keep them an appropriate distance from whatever kind of light of your choosing. And remember to keep your lights clean—a layer of dust can really reduce their effectiveness. Be sure your container provides adequate drainage. You can easily drill drainage holes or use a plastic liner pot inside of a decorative pot. Be sure to use plant saucers to protect furniture from any overflow when you water, but never let your Kamerplant verzorging sit in water. Finally, don’t overlook creative containers like galvanized buckets, decorative tins, and even tea cups.

Restricted roots can lead to restricted foliar growth. For the average small houseplant, it is not much of a concern. Furthermore, some types of houseplants seem less impacted by small containers. For example, our pothos vines grow to extremely long lengths for years and years in the same modest pot.

Most plants fall under one of two watering categories; those that prefer evenly moist soil and those that should be watered when the soil is dry to the touch. Insert a finger approximately one inch below the soil surface to feel for moisture. Many plants, in particular succulents and cacti, need to be kept dry when they are not flowering.

But even if you can’t find a plant-sitter, you can still be worry-free when you leave town. There are self-watering wicks, which go into a container of water on one end, and into the soil of the plant on the other, drawing up as much water as your plant needs. There are also fully automated watering systems, although these may be expensive.

That being said, low light plants need light of some kind. If a room has no windows and the lights stay off most of the time, the houseplant will not survive. Generally houseplants need either high, medium, or low light. Beyond this, a houseplant may need direct light or indirect light. Light is an important part of indoor houseplant care. In order to provide the right amount of light for your houseplant, make sure to check the tag on the plant when you purchase it.

This will remove dust, dirt, and many insects and pests that might affect the plant. Always inspect plants for pests as you water and care for them. Regardless of the type of fertilizer used, always remember to water thoroughly. Water volume should not vary, as the volume of water used is necessary to keep excess fertilizer salts leached out of the potting medium.

Just as there are countless houseplants, there are plenty of container types. The standard choices are plastic or clay pots, ceramic planters, or baskets with plastic liners. Plastic pots are often the most economical, while glazed ceramic pots and metal urns can give an upscale look. Some plants, like African violets, can be grown in special pots that provide constant moisture to the plant’s roots. Most of us never feed our plants, and that’s why they eventually start looking sickly. Our plant friends need food, or fertilizer, applied to the soil every couple weeks.