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How to Stop Killing Your Houseplants

Dead Peace Lily in Weston BathroomIf you are like many people, you do not have an excellent track record with regards to keeping houseplants alive. For those who are a bit foliage-challenged, caring for houseplants can appear to be an exhausting and mysterious task. However, there’s doesn’t have to be. By taking a few basic measures, you can stop killing your houseplants and begin enjoying their natural beauty in your Weston rental home.

Step 1: Choose Hardy Plants

To grow healthy houseplants, begin with the right kind of plant. There are a few different houseplant varieties, many of which are very sturdy and can withstand a little neglect. When buying a plant, look for one that is healthy, green, and bushy. Avoid plants that appear dry, wilted, or spotted. Once you transport your plant home, do some research and make sure you have the correct size and style of pot, as well as some high-quality potting soil. Many plants need a little room to develop, so choose a pot slightly larger than your plant currently needs. Likewise, choose a pot with holes in the bottom for drainage. Make sure to place something to catch the drainage, however, to avoid damage to your furnishings or property.

Step 2: Get the Light Just Right

Similar to real estate, with regards to houseplants, location matters. Pick a spot that provides the kind of light your houseplant needs. Some indoor plants prosper in indirect sunlight, while others require a little direct sun every day to live. Don’t forget to study what kind of sunlight your plant needs, and find a suitable place for them.

Other than finding the right sunlit spot for your houseplant, try to avoid exposing your plant to any other environmental factors that might damage it. It’s ideal for placing your plant away from cold drafts, hot air blowing on it from your furnace, too much moisture or humidity, or not enough moisture. If that appears to be a difficulty, it probably is. But with some planning and creativity, you can conveniently find the perfect place for your plant to grow.

Step 3: Water Correctly

Watering a houseplant incorrectly is the biggest reason why they actually die. It can be a challenge to know how much water to give your plant, how often to water it, and so on. A usual guideline is to preserve the soil around your houseplant moist but not soaked. Pouring a lot of water can bring about unwanted pests, plant diseases, and, shortly, the death of your houseplant. To check the dryness of the soil, stick a finger into it around an inch deep. If the soilseems dry, add water. Use a watering can with a long spout to pour the water directly onto the earth (do not water a plant on the leaves), and go slowly until the soil is moist, but the water does not settle on top.

If you go through a hard time remembering to water your houseplants, a few distinct sorts of watering devices can help. Simply setting a reminder on your calendar or any device might help you remember to check your houseplant often. Also, there are both high-tech and low-tech options that can help you manage the moisture levels in your houseplant’s soil, guaranteeing a long and healthy life.

Step 4: Groom and Feed

All plants need extra nourishment from time to time and also must be pruned or trimmed. Different plants have different nutrient needs, so don’t forget to research what kind of plant food is recommended for your specific plant. You may also acquire valuable suggestions at your local nursery or garden center. To keep your plant looks gorgeous, trim off any yellow or dying leaves, dry flowers, and so forth. This will encourage your houseplant to generate new leaves or blooms and keep your plant looking and feeling healthy, as well.

Although caring for a houseplant can be a challenge, it is not impossible to do. With some careful planning and research, you can confidently manage your houseplant and enjoy its natural beauty for many years to come.

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