Understanding Plant Preferences
Not all plants thrive in indoor conditions. Research your plant's native habitat to understand its preference for light, temperature, and humidity. This knowledge helps you mimic the plant's natural environment within your home.
Lighting: Plants' Energy Source
Light is crucial for photosynthesis. South-facing windows offer the most light, but beware of direct sun that can scorch leaves. Use sheer curtains or position plants further from the window to diffuse strong sunlight.
Overwatering is a common mistake. Plants prefer drying out between watering. Check the topsoil; if it's dry to the touch, it's time to water. Bottom watering can promote root growth and prevent leaf diseases.
Humidity & Temperature
Tropical plants often require higher humidity. Grouping plants or using a pebble tray with water can increase local humidity. Avoid placing plants near heat sources or drafts that can cause rapid temperature changes.
Feeding Your Green Friends
Fertilizing replenishes nutrients, but too much can harm plants. Use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer during the growing season. In winter, when most plants are dormant, reduce or stop fertilizing.
Potting and Repotting
Choose pots with drainage holes to prevent waterlogging. Repot every 1-2 years or when roots grow through the drainage holes. Spring is the best time to repot, as plants are entering their growth phase.
Pruning and Cleaning
Regularly prune dead or yellowing leaves to encourage new growth. Wipe dust off leaves with a damp cloth to ensure your plants can photosynthesize efficiently. This also keeps pests at bay and maintains plant health.