You've just brought home your first houseplant! Congratulations! Now what?
Taking care of plants can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be. In this guide, we'll break down the basics of plant care so you can feel confident that your new friend is getting the love and attention it needs.
We'll start with water and how to water plants properly, then move on to fertilizing, rotating plants, pruning, and repotting. By the end, you'll be a plant-care pro!
Watering Your Plants
The best time to water your plants is in the morning, when the air is still and the sun isn't too hot. This way, the water can evaporate and your plant won't get standing water, which can cause root rot.
Different plants have different watering needs, so be sure to read the care instructions that come with your plants. But in general, you want to make sure to saturate the soil, but not leave excess water in the pot. You can do this by waiting until the surface of the soil feels dry to the touch before watering again.
Fertilizing Your Plants
When it comes to fertilizing your plants, a lot of new plant parents believe that you need to feed them just like you would a human. But that's not actually how it works.
Plants make their own food using sunlight—just like we do! Fertilizer is not food, it's more like medicine for your plants. And just like with humans, it's best to only give them a little bit of medicine at a time.
That's why it's important to fertilize your plants during their active growing season. active growing season usually runs early spring to summer. So watch your plants and determine when their active growing seasons are, then time your fertilizer doses accordingly.
Another thing to keep in mind? Dilute your fertilizer. It's best to under-fertilize than over-fertilize. So start with a small dose of fertilizer and work your way up if needed.
Rotating Your Plants
One easy technique that's not too hard to remember is to turn your plants everytime you water them. This helps ensure that they receive an even distribution of water and prevents them from leaning towards the light (or any other direction).
If you notice your plants "leaning" to the light, that indicates they need to be turned. Not necessarily to get more light but because shadier sides of plants actually grow longer and more spindlier.
You should rotate potted plants if they are in a position that receives sunlight only in one direction. This will help prevent them from becoming lopsided and promote even growth.
Pruning Your Plants
Pruning your plants is an important part of keeping them healthy and looking their best. It's essentially a way of giving your plants a haircut, and it can be done at any time of year. However, it's generally recommended that you prune your plants at the beginning of the growing season, in early Spring.
Pruning your plants helps to keep them balanced and looking their best. It's also a good way to get rid of dead or damaged leaves, which can help to prevent nasty gnats from taking up residence in your home. Always make sure to prune dead and damaged leaves—it's an easy way to keep your plant looking its best!
Repotting Your Plants
If you find that the roots of your plant are growing down through the drainage holes in the bottom of the pot, or if the soil looks like it's being pushed upwards out of the pot by its roots, it's probably time for a repot. When a plant is rootbound, its roots have grown so tightly together that they've started to choke off the plant's growth.
To prevent this, it's important to repot your plants regularly. This means transferring them to a pot that's slightly bigger than the original pot and adding fresh soil. Be sure to gently loosen the old soil from the roots before repotting, and water well afterwards.
Tips for Taking Care of Your Plants
Now that you have your plants, it's important to know how to take care of them. The best way to do this is to pick plants that work with your schedule. If you're a busy person, choose plants that don't need a lot of water or attention.
Be mindful when watering your plants. It's better to under water them than to overwater, as this can damage the plant and kill it.
When it comes to taking care of your plants, shop from a reliable source. Purchase your plants from a reputable source like Cotton Plus Cream. We source plants directly from top-rated growers in Florida and California, so we can sell the healthiest plants at the very best prices.
So what now?
Now that you know the basics of how to take care of your plants, it's time to put that knowledge into practice! Start by picking out a few plants that fit your lifestyle and needs, and then get to watering, fertilizing, rotating and pruning.
Remember to have patience, and to not be afraid to ask for help if you need it. With a little bit of TLC, your plants will thrive and bring life and color into your home for years to come.
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