When you first bring home a houseplant, it can be tempting to just plop it in any old spot and forget about it. But if you want your plants to last (and thrive!), you need to take a little bit of care to make sure they stay alive.
In this post, we’ll give you 5 tips for keeping your houseplants alive. With a little bit of TLC, your plants will be flourishing in no time!
The importance of watering
Plants need water to survive and thrive. In fact, water makes up about 70% of most plants. So, it's no surprise that proper watering is one of the most important aspects of plant care.
Water helps a plant by transporting important nutrients through the plant. These nutrients are necessary for the plant to grow, flower and fruit.
Different plants have different watering needs. Some plants need water every day, while others only need water once a week. It's important to read the care instructions that come with your plants, or to do a little research online to find out how often your plants need to be watered.
Too much water = no oxygen to the roots which leads to root rot. Too little water and the roots dry out. It's important to find a balance so that the plant gets enough but not too much water. This can be tricky, so it might take a little trial and error until you find what works best for your plants.
Light requirements for different plants
If you're new to keeping plants, light is one of the most important factors to consider.
Different plants have different light requirements, and if they don't get enough light, they will start to look sad...and eventually die. Yikes!
But don't worry, we're here to help. Most plants do well in "bright indirect" light, which means they should be placed near a window but not in direct sunlight. If you have a room that doesn't get a lot of natural light (like a basement), you can still grow plants by using artificial light.
Just make sure to avoid direct sunlight, as it can be too harsh for most plants.
The best soil for potted plants
The most important thing to understand about potting soil is that it doesn’t actually contain real soil. Sphagnum peat moss is the primary ingredient in most mixes. This is because potting soil needs to be light and fluffy, with a well-blended mixture of ingredients, to ensure that your plants get the right balance of water and air.
Good quality, DIY potting soil should be light and fluffy, with a well-blended mixture of ingredients. If you’re not sure how to mix your own soil, you can find premade mixes at your local garden center or hardware store.
An ideal potting soil for indoor plants should contain ingredients that provide structure, water retention, and aeration like moss, coco coir, perlite, bark, charcoal. Doing this will help your plants thrive!
Fertilizing your plants
Fertilizing your plants is one of the best ways to ensure they're getting the nutrients they need to thrive. The three main elements your plants need in abundance are nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
You can either buy a liquid fertilizer or make your own compost and worm castings. Liquid fertilizers are diluted into water and applied with a watering can. They're easy to use and perfect for those who don't want to spend too much time on their skincare routine.
Slow-release fertilizers are coated in time-release shells that slowly leach nutrients into the soil. This makes them perfect for those who forget to water their plants often, as they'll still be getting the nutrients they need over an extended period of time.
If you're not sure which fertilizer to use, our Instant Plant Food is a self-dissolving HOUSEPLANT fertilizer tablets make feeding your INDOOR PLANTS a breeze.
Follow these simple tips and your houseplants will stay healthy and happy. Happy plants mean a happy home!