Indoor gardens bring so much to a space, but they do require care and maintenance to keep indoor plants healthy. Indoor plants can often be more difficult to look after, purely because most of us are used to watering and caring for outdoor plants, or aren’t sure what our plants actually need.
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The first few things to consider when caring for your indoor plants to keep them healthy:
- Adequate and appropriate lighting
- The right temperature
Different species of indoor plants have their own lighting and temperatures requirements.
Water and humidity are just as important. While feeding and grooming can bring your indoor garden to the next level.
The first thing to always do when purchasing a new plant is to check the tag. More often than not, that will tell you all about the specific requirements of the plant you are dealing with and how to keep your plant healthy.
The tag will tell you the light, temperature and watering requirements. if any plants you are interested in don’t have those tags that you can ask the sales person in the plant store how to care for the plant.
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Water is important, but how much is the right amount to keep indoor plants healthy?
Some plant species require more water than others to keep them healthy.
Some plants benefit from the soil drying out, while others do well when the soil is constantly wet. This is why its important to check what kind of plant you have and its watering requirements, or you could end up with two nasty outcomes; either a rotted root system that will eventually kill the plant, or a dried out root system with the same fate.
Drainage plays a big role in determining how moist the soil of your indoor plants will be. Well draining pots and planters tend to let the soil dry out quickly, while less drainage can leave the soil constantly moist if watered often enough, but also increase the risk of mould and root rot. Generally, a well draining pot or planter is recommended.
Plants need food, so fertilise for healthy plants.
Plants don’t just need light to thrive, they need food and nutrients too. There are a variety of ways to fertilise, whether that be through adding a nutrient mix to your water, adding nutrient pellets to soil, or using soil with slow release feeder nutrients. Investing in a soil meter is often a good idea, as it will help you know what is in the soil you are using and what you might need to adjust or replace.
Once again, each plant has its own nutrient requirements. Some like high nitrogen while others won’t do well in those conditions. Don’t forget to check what the best soil and nutrient level is suitable for your indoor plants.
Many indoor plants require humidity.
A lot of the plants we keep inside our home come from tropical origins, so they can require humid or moist air. This can be difficult to achieve, especially if you are an avid air conditioner user or live in a dry place.
A humidifier can help in this instance, to add that extra moisture into the air. Another tip is to bunch your plants together and surround them with small pockets of water in buckets or bowls. The more plants you have in one space, the more natural humidity they create, so keep them together for the best results.
Temperature is important for indoor plants.
You probably wouldn’t be too happy if you were always in high or low temperatures. Just like humans, plants have a comfort zone when it comes to temperature, and will thrive when the conditions are right. Keep indoor plants healthy by identifying what temperature they require, and placing them accordingly.
Indoor plants often get too cold in areas of low light, and too hot when placed by a sunny window. Be careful where you place your plants. Keep plants that can tolerate the heat near windows, and avoid putting plants that like moist soil in places where the soil might dry out.
Don’t forget about how much light your plants are getting.
Not all plants require the same amount of light. Some plants require lots of light, others a medium amount, and others not so much at all.
The type of plants you have will determine the amount of light it will require.
Plants that require low light need a minimum amount of light for at least 4 to 6 hours, whether that be from a window or an artificial light source. G
Medium or indirect lighted plants require natural light that is not directly facing or pointed towards them for 6 to 8 hours a day.
Some plants aren’t suited for indoors, and require direct sun for at least 8 hours or more a day.
Keep your indoor plants healthy by placing them according to their lighting needs.