Flower Care

Quick Tips: Taking Care of Indoor Plants

Indoor Plant Care

Congratulations, you’ve decided to bring in some new additions to your growing plant family! We know it’s an exciting thing, especially because plants give any home that well-deserved breath of fresh air. Not only will you find yourself feeling more relaxed and comfortable with your space, you’ll just be so much happier with all the extra positive energy.

Now before you get too excited about your potted (or hanging) friends, we want to emphasize the importance of plant care, which is why we’re sharing some of our quick tips to keeping your indoor plants just as happy as you are!

 

Lighting

Lighting is key when it comes to making sure your plants can thrive beautifully. In fact, most plants grow best in bright, indirect sunlight – minus the few outliers like succulents, which do best in bright and direct light. We know that this can be a bit tricky, especially for those with windows that are a bit too bright.

If that’s the case, then opt for hanging up sheer curtains. This way, you won’t have to stress over rearranging your entire space. However, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look into what works best for your potted friends. Make sure you’re aware of whether your plant should be soaking in a lot of sun, less sun, or none at all!

Water

There’s no denying that plants love to stay hydrated, but of course, there’s always the danger of watering a plant too little or a little too much. Sometimes, a quick way to decide on how much water you’re giving your green friends is to examine their leaves! Plants with large or thin leaves require more water, while ones with thick or rubbery leaves require less water. Plus, if you find that your houseplants are more native to wet areas, you’re better off giving them some extra misting!

Temperature

A lot of plants actually grow best in places with higher humidity levels, but if your space is pretty dry, try placing plants like orchids or gardenias in rooms like the bathroom or the kitchen. These spots tend to be the most humid areas of the house – the more you know!

Re-potting

It’s easy to think that the pot you initially raised your precious plant in would end up becoming its forever home, but it turns out that’s not always the case. Over time, you’ll need to repot your houseplants as they start to outgrow them. Here are some signs that you should probably do so sooner than later:

  • If your soil is drying out quickly or it doesn’t soak in water too well.
  • If new leaves appear, but they’re smaller than the old leaves.

Pests

Bringing in plants can mean bringing in some nasty pests! Here’s some of our helpful tricks when it comes to making the uninvited insects stay out of your home:

  • Sprinkling catnip can help deter ants, weevils, aphids, and other creepy crawlers.
  • Planting lavender or basil near some of your potted plants can also help repel fleas and moths.
  • An arrangement of marigolds wards off a lot of insects as well!

Pruning

Keeping your plant happy and thriving means giving it the occasional pruning. This means getting rid of some dead leaves and branches, but don’t go too overboard! Experts say that you should only be pruning about 25% of the foliage.

 

All-in-all, it all comes down to choosing the right plants for you! If you’re a busy bee and think you won’t have time to water your plants as often as they need, don’t fret; there are plenty of low-maintenance greens (like the chic snake plant) that don’t need as much care.

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