Indoor plants always look so great, and almost everyone wishes they could have them in their homes, as they have such a welcoming presence. Plus, they are decorative and keep the air around your home purified, which improves your health and focus.
Now, the key to ensuring that these plants survive is in how much, and how well, you water them. You must follow a strict process of watering them on a daily basis, and try to keep them in an area that brings in a good amount of fresh air (and if possible, a little sunlight).
When you provide a good environment for the plants, they are most likely to flourish and make your home look extra beautiful. Here are some pointers on how you should take care of your indoor plants.
Ensure They Are Adequately Watered
Keep the soil on the plants moist at all times, but never overly wet. If it gets too dry or wet, it is likely to damage the roots of the plant and prevent it from growing. In some cases, if you over-water the plants, you will end up killing them.
If you have plants that have thick and lush leaves, you will need to use more water than you do for any other plants. There really isn’t any universal way or process of watering all plants that works; you need to ensure that they have a proper water/sun ratio.
However, look out for the following.
- If there is mold at the surface of the soil, this means that there is water standing at the bottom of the pot and you have probably been over-watering the plant.
- You should ensure to add some water to the soil in case it starts to look lightly colored or cracked.
- If you have a plant that is in the succulent family, then you will need to give it some periods of dryness in between the watering.
- If you find some standing water right under the pot, then you should empty it out so the plant isn’t sitting in the water, as this may kill it.
Occasionally Stick Your Finger in the Soil to Check on How Wet It Is
When you wake up in the morning, you should try to poke the soil around the plant with your finger up to your knuckles. If you feel that the plant needs more water, then you should add some more. If the soil feels a little damp, do not add water to it.
Adding water to a plant that already has sufficient water can lead to rotting. This can, however, be fixed if you have already done it by limiting the amount of water.
Signs that your plant is over-hydrated include them having discolored leaves, losing the leaves, having soft and rotten patches, and a lack of leaf growth.
If your plant is dehydrated, you should see the following; a slow leaf growth, leaves turning yellow and curled, and also brown and dried leaves at the edges.
Use the Right Temperature of Water for Your Plants
The right temperature of water for indoor plants should be room temperature, and at 68° F or 20° C. This is the ideal. If you have a thermometer, you should use it to determine this temperature so you are assured of using the right temperature at all times.
If the water is too hot, it will cause the plant’s roots to get damaged, and the shock will kill the plant. If you use water that is too cold, it will cause a dormancy on your plant, and this will stifle any future growth on the plant.
Use a Pot with the Right Drainage
The amount of drainage on your pot is extremely important, as it helps with over- and under-watering of the plant, which has the potential of killing it. Ensure that there are some holes at the bottom of the pot so the water can drain away. You can use a cachepot, as it usually has holes.
Most people find it hard to care for indoor plants, as they die often, but if you follow our simple steps of ensuring that you only water the plant when it needs it, and keep the room airy, your plant is likely to flourish and look healthy in your home.