17 Aug How To Care For And Maintain Indoor Plants?
Caring for and maintaining indoor plants isn’t always as simple as it may seem. While many people think that they can just place a plant in their home without any sort of care, this is not the case. Indoor plants need plenty of light, water, and nutrients to thrive! Read on for some helpful tips you can use to ensure your indoor plants are happy and healthy.
Make Sure To Water Your Indoor Plants Well
The key to keeping your plant alive is watering them properly. Use a water bottle with added nutrients in the water, or use a fertilizer that you can buy at your local garden center once every one or two months. If you have questions about certain plants, the team at Kel Garden Centre can always assist in making sure you make the correct choice for your plants!
Another big thing to remember is to cut back on watering when it’s hot out. Watering too much when it’s hot can lead to root rot. When you’re watering your plants, make sure that they’re getting the right amount of water. The best way to do this is to use a moisture meter. They can be purchased at your local garden store. Another way to know if your plant needs water is by checking the soil. If the soil feels dry about an inch down, it’s time to water the plant.
Keep Indoor Plants In The Right Location
It’s important to keep your plants in the right location (indoors or outdoors) and at the right temperature (warm or cool) to make sure they’re healthy and growing the way you want them to.
Indoors, your plants should have plenty of light to grow and even flower. The amount of sunlight your plants receive is related to how close they are to a window, with south-facing windows providing the most sun. Plants in East- or West-facing windows may require artificial lighting for optimal growth.
The right temperature also affects your plants’ growth. Most houseplants thrive at temperatures between 18 and 23 degrees Celcius, but some need cooler or warmer conditions to thrive.
Check Your Indoor Plants For Pests
Pests on houseplants are not hard to spot…You will notice deformed or missing leaves and/or flowers, webbing between leaves, silvery trails along stems and the plant may even be swarming with insects. Whichever pest is attacking your plants, they must be dealt with quickly because these pests can not only take away from the growth of your plant but also spread quickly.
The first thing to do is isolate the affected plants as best you can. Either move them out of the house or put them in an area outside while your exterminator takes care of all of the other indoor plants.
Depending on what type of pest infestation your plant has, there are several different methods that can be used to rid it of pests. If you have an infestation of spider mites, the best way to get rid of them is with a strong blast from a garden hose. Spider mites are very small and difficult to spot but when sprayed by water they can be seen easily so that you can get rid of them.
If you have an infestation of bugs, the best tactic is to take a paper bag with several small holes cut in it and place it over your plant. The bugs will crawl into the bag thinking they are crawling up into the plant itself. While inside the bag, simply tie it up and throw it away. You can repeat this process if you see more bugs entering your bag.
There are many ways to care for your indoor plants, and we’ve provided you with a few tips that should help get the job done. If you want more information on what type of plant will work best in any given room, or how to set up an attractive garden with plenty of color without spending too much time maintaining it, visit Kel Lake Garden Centre today! Based in Kelowna, we can provide you with advice and products that will help keep your indoor plants—both at home or in the office—healthy.
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