3 Important Care Tips for Your Indoor Plants
Oh, how you love to have a beautiful indoor garden, but sadly your plants wither and wilt! Have you started thinking that you’re a failure when it comes to indoor plants? Please don’t think so. The fact is that you should just know how to care for your indoor plants and you can successfully grow an indoor garden. Here are a few tips.
1. Learn about Your Plants
Although there are some common rules for indoor plants, there may be some differences in the requirements of your plants and you should know them. For example, if you have a calathea plant and you’re learning about calathea care, you’ll find that there are many species of calathea and needs of each of them may be a little different from each other; so you’ll have to carefully study the needs of your particular plant. This way, you can be a successful plant owner.
Indoor plants generally don’t prefer direct sunlight, but they do need bright light so as to perform photosynthesis. Therefore giving your plants plenty of indirect light by placing them in a well-lit room is a good idea. As a rule of thumb, your flowering plants will need 12 to 16 hours of light every day, whereas foliage plants will need 14 to 16 hours of light per day.
Also remember that moving your plants many times around the house is a bad idea. Plants establish themselves to their surroundings quite slowly and hence you should not move them around frequently. Keeping them in a spot where temperatures change drastically is also therefore not advisable.
An important point to remember while growing indoor plants is to water neither too heavily nor too lightly. You should water just to keep the soil moist but not soggy. Over or under watering can even kill your plant. As a general rule, plants with thick, lush leaves need more water than those with leathery or waxy leaves. The amount of water you should give your plants depends on the type of plant you have. You’ll have to follow a few general guidelines, such as:
Don’t let water stand in or around your planter. Standing water can kill your plants.
If the soil is cracked or looks light in color, it’s time for watering.
If you see mold growth on the soil surface, it means that you have overwatered your plant.
If you have indoor succulents, remember to keep the soil dry for some time between watering.
If you keep trying without getting frustrated, you’ll learn many things about indoor plants over time and one day you can have a lovely collection of indoor plants.