Although the rules for all plants are generally the same, they will vary slightly depending on the environment in which your plant will live. Several factors must be highlighted in this context to keep your indoor plant happy.
- Choose the Correct Pot 🪴
Drainage is critical for your plants. The pot should ideally have a hole in the bottom to allow excess water to drain out of the soil. Excess water will be trapped in the soil if there are no holes. Often, when more water than the plant is absorbed, this will result in the plant “flooding”. If your plant appears wilted but the soil remains moist, you most likely have a drainage issue, and the plant is overwatered.
- Use Good Potting Soil 🌻
If you are repotting into a different pot, you should also consider the best soil for your plant. It is not sufficient to simply use some dirt from your backyard, instead, purchase a bag of potting soil. These mixes frequently include extra nutrients or fertilisers to help your houseplants stay strong and healthy. Depending on the plant, you may be able to find a soil mix that is specifically designed for that species. If you want to grow cacti or succulents, there is often soil made specifically for these plants.
- Watering 💦 Not Too Much and Not Too Little
Watering can be difficult, especially if you’re new to plant care. Excessive watering can cause plants to lose nutrients. The effect is obvious when the plant or leaves turn yellow and wither. If there is insufficient water, the plant will dry out and die. You must strike a delicate balance between these two extremes to make a plant happy. While some plants prefer moist soil, most thrive when the soil is allowed to dry between waterings. Feel the soil, preferably near the edge of the pot, to see if your plant requires water. If the soil feels dry and crumbly, it’s time to water. If it still feels moist, it probably doesn’t require any further treatment. You should be able to tell when your plants need water after a few weeks. Of course, you’ll notice if your plants are dehydrated. If you notice your plant’s leaves turning dry, brown, and wilted, it’s time to water it. Water your plant until the water starts to drain through the hole in the bottom of the pot or the soil no longer absorbs water.
- Give Them Plenty of Light 🌞
While each plant has different preferences for shade versus sun, no plant will grow in complete darkness. It will not thrive if you place it in the closet, high on a dark shelf, or backed into a shadowy corner. Your plant requires at least some sunlight to thrive. As a result, windowsills are ideal locations for plants. If you don’t have a large enough windowsill, there are other options. Place them on a table or cart in front of a window or in an area with plenty of sunlight.
- Keep Your Pet Away 🐈
This should go without saying, but if you’re new to houseplants or indoor plants, you might not have considered it. Animals may adore your plants, but unfortunately, they frequently adore them to death. Your pet may eat or tear up your plant in their excitement. To solve this issue, try putting your houseplants in places where your pet cannot reach them. Put them on a high counter or on top of a cabinet. Just make sure to strike a balance between the need to keep the plant out of harm’s way and the need to place it in an area that still receives sunlight. Another thing to keep in mind is that many plants are poisonous to animals, so keeping plants and pets separate is even more important.
- Learn About Your Plant ☘️
This is a basic rule of plant care regardless of whether you’re dealing with indoor houseplants, hanging outdoor baskets, garden plants, or something else entirely. Take the time to learn about the plant you’re looking after. Learn how much sun or shade it prefers. Determine whether it requires daily watering or if it can go two weeks without water. Each plant has its own set of requirements. While there are many general rules that apply to most plants, learning about each species of plant individually will yield the best results and the highest rate of success.