Indoor House Plant Care

Many people worry a lot when it comes to caring for their plants. When talking about indoor house plant care, there is no need to worry. There are just a few things you need to consider.

1. Overwatering House Plants
Overwatering kills most indoor house plants. Looks can be deceiving. To check if your plants soil is dry enough to water, try the finger test. Insert your index finger up to the first joint into the soil. If the soil is damp, don’t water it.

2. Feeding
Foliage house plants usually have high nitrogen requirements, while flowering house plants, K2O is needed. Slow release fertilizers can be mixed in your compost bucket. However, certain plants like cacti and orchids need special fertilizer. Fertilizer house plants need feeding during their most active growth period.

3. Indoor Plant Lighting
Plants like Sanseveria and Aspidistra are shade loving indoor plants that require no sun. They can be placed away from a window. Spider plants need semi-shade. You can put plants like these near a window that does or does not get sunlight. Check the label to see what your plant needs.

4. Indoor Plant Temperature
An indoor house plant can survive in cool or warm temperatures, but drastic fluctuations of temperature may not be good for them. One thing that most indoor house plants cannot survive is gas heating. If you have an indoor house plant that likes warm conditions, don’t put it near an air conditioner in the summer.

5. House Plant Humidity
Some houseplants require a humid environment. One tip to maximize humidity is to put the pot inside a larger pot and fill in the gaps with stones or compost to keep in the moisture. Grouping indoor container plants together often creates a microclimate that they will benefit from. If you want, you can spray them with water once or twice a day depending upon the temperature.

6. Transplanting House Plants
Repotting indoor plants for optimum growth is sometimes required however, sometimes your indoor house plant may resent having their roots disturbed. Their root system may be too small that they do not require re-potting. One way to check if your indoor house plant needs re-potting is to turn it upside down. Tap the pot to release the plant and check its roots. If roots are all that you see, then re-pot. Sometimes the roots will come out of the pot. You should either cut them off or transplant.

You just need to have a little care for your indoor house plants and in turn, you’ll reap the benefits. Indoor house plants not only add to the beauty of your décor, but they also give much pleasure to the indoor gardener.

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