Caring for Your Plants is Easy With These Simple Tips
I’m a worrywart like many people when it comes to my plants. I think
about things like, am I watering too much, too little, do I need to feed them with Miracle Grow, and how
often. Such things should not keep a person up at night. Here are the basics of plant care for,
which can also be used for any container gardening.
Over watering kills most container plants and houseplants. Looks can be deceptive, so to see if your soil is dry
enough to water, try the finger test. Insert your index finger up to the first joint into the soil. If
the soil is damp, don't water it.
Foliage plants usually have high nitrogen needs, while flowering plants, K2O is needed. Slow release fertilizers
can be mixed with the compost. However, certain plants like cacti and orchids need special fertilizer.
Feed plants during their most active growth period.
Houseplants can survive in cool or warm temperatures, but drastic fluctuations of temperature may not be good for
them. One thing that most plants cannot survive is gas heating. If you have a plant that likes warm
conditions, don't put it near an air conditioner in the summer.
Plants like Sanseveria and Aspidistra require no sun. They can be placed away from a window. Spider
plants need semi-shade. You can put plants like these near a window that does or does not get sunlight. Check
the label to see what your plant needs.
Some houseplants require a humid environment. One tip to maximize humidity is to put the pot inside a larger pot
and fill in the gaps with stones or compost to keep in the moisture. Grouping plants together often creates a
microclimate that they will benefit from. If you want, you can spray them with water once or twice a day depending
on the temperature.
Some container plants require re-potting for optimum growth but there are others that resent having their roots
disturbed. Or their roots system may be small enough that they don't require re-potting. One way to check if
your plant needs re-potting is to turn it upside down. Tap the pot to release the plant and check its
roots. If roots are all you see, then re-pot. Sometimes the roots will come out of the pot. You should either
cut them off or re-pot the plant.
See, it’s really not that hard. If you just figure out what kind of plant you have, and make sure it’s most
basic needs are met, you can enjoy your plants instead of worrying about them all the time.
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