Home plants have the magical power to increase the whole atmosphere in a positive way. This way people who inhabit the room have better spent time in there and also a more natural and pleasant experience while resting and working at home.
But in order to take very good care for the plants you have selected to improve the kitchen, bedroom or living room you must also be prepared to fulfil their special needs in order to keep them alive and healthy.
Follow these special and necessary steps and you will be able to properly maintain the condition of the plants in a great way:
The soil for the home plants.
It’s a really important point of the plant caring in your home. It should not be too moist or too dry as well. You must reach the perfect condition of it, so the plant won’t die. Bad soil can damage the plant’s roots in a irreversible way and prevent it from growing properly. Have in mind that plants with lush and thick leaves will need more water, compared with others with rather waxy or leathery leaves.
There is actually no universal way to water them, so when you buying it ask s specialist which is the proper way to water them. You should get the exact advice.
Basic line – water the plant depending on its type!
Be careful and look out for a mold.
If it appears on the surface of the soil or water starts to stand above it, that means that the water is too much. Extra water if the soil becomes lighter in color or cracked. Some plant needs to get a bit drier soil before watering them.
- How to know about the quantity of water in the soil.
It’s actually really easy. One of the best ways is sticking your finger in it to your knuckle. You will probably feel is there is a need of moisture. And again – this one varies for each and every plant.
Other significant signs for too much moisture are discolored leaves, lack of growth, loss of leaves, and soft rotten patches.
If you notice any kinds of slow leaf growth, yellow or brown and dried leaf edges that means that there is some dehydration.
- The temperature of the water.
It is an essential, as you probably guess. Use water at room temperature, which is about 20° C. That is the best temperature you could use for the well-being of your home plants.
- Too hot water can damage the roots and therefore the whole plant;
- If it is too cold it could cause dormancy in the plant.
- Special tools for metering the hydration.
You could use special devices as moisture meters for a more precise data of the level of moisture in the soil. You could find it in every good gardening store of course.
- Special pots for home plants.
They are another great way for you to ensure that you will not overwater the plant or leave the soil too dry. The best way is to choose pots with good drainage. That means that the pot will have few holes in the bottom. There are also better materials for these occasions – metal, plastic or glass. They better because they do not absorb water like ceramic or clay pots do.
You forgot about this one, didn’t you? Light is an essential! And this way it is one of the main necessary things needed for the growth of the plants. Select an area which could provide good quantity of natural light. But remember – each and every kind of plant requires different amount of light.
Sometimes it is better to not place the home plants in direct sunlight. An alternative to the natural light is the fluorescent, but not for all plants of course.