Bring a touch of the outdoors indoors by taking good care of your houseplants. Adding greenery not only makes a room prettier, but it can do wonders for your mood and the freshness of the air. Not everyone was born with a green thumb but with some coaching, you can keep your potted plants alive. We’re here to help!
Research, Research, Research!
Don’t just buy a plant based on how beautiful you think it is. Do research to find out what condition the chosen plant prefers. If Google isn’t your friend, pay attention to the location and conditions of the plant in the nursery. Nursery staff can also provide you with tips and information on how to keep your new plant friend alive.
Primp Your Plant
Dust your plant off regularly to ensure it absorbs enough sunlight and carbon dioxide through the leaves. Pruning encourages growth. Cut off all dry and brown leaves.
If your green friend is starting to wilt, touch the soil. If the soil is bone dry, your plant needs to be watered immediately. However, if the ground is wet or soggy to the touch, it means you’ve been overwatering. Luckily the solution is simple.
The plant will need to be repotted in dry soil. Ensure adequate drainage is provided by layering small pebbles at the bottom of the pot.
Poor drainage tends to attract insects as the plant droops and leaves can rot. This creates an ideal breeding ground for pests. To ward off bugs, place a clove of garlic at the base of the plant. It works well as a natural repellent.
Which houseplants are your favourite? Tell us in the comments.