Plant care is really about knowing where your plant originated from and trying to imitate those conditions.
If you have a plant from the rainforest, then it will like warm humid conditions.
If it is from the dessert then it will need lots of light, not much water and to be warm.
The quickest way to kill a plant is to over water
yes we think nice wet soil will make your plant all lush, green and happy but no, what you're actually doing is letting the roots rot and your plant die.
During winter months, a plant typically only needs watering a few times a month.
How to tell if your plant needs watering
- Soil probe – This probe will draw out soil, which will help you understand how dry the soil is below the surface.
- Moisture meter – This tool tells you, on a scale, how dry soil is.
- Lifting the plant up – Heaviness signifies the plant has enough water, but lightness signifies the plant is dry.
- Wilting – Wilting typically happens because the plant is not getting sufficient water. Lift the plant to see if it is light in weight or if it’s heavy.
- Tipping – If the leaf edges begin browning and are crispy to the touch, the plant likely needs water. If the leaf edges are becoming brown but feel mushy, the plant has likely gotten too much water.
Purchasing a simple spray bottle is also helpful for houseplants. A light misting once or twice a day is usually beneficial. Remember that we’re trying to duplicate the natural environment for these plants, and that means humidity and misting!
How much light do indoor plants need?
Succulents and cacti need continuous, daily sunlight. Plants with foliage need roughly 8 hours of light per day. The amount of light depends on the plants you are growing, so we suggest doing research on the specific plants you are growing.
How much light do plants need?
All plants need light to carry out their necessary biological processes. I’m looking at you, photosynthesis!
Although all plants need some light to grow, some plants require a lot less than others. Think again of their native habitat and imagine the dark undergrowth where these plants thrive. They receive heavily filtered light but still thrive.
When to repot your plant
There are typically only two reasons you need to plant an indoor plant.
If your plant is getting too big, then you will need to replant it into a larger container. You will be able to see as the roots will be visible from the bottom of the pot
- The soil is pale, clumpy, spent and needs replacing with fresh soil
Which indoor plants are the easiest to take care of?
Below is a list of indoor plants that are easy to take care of:
- Most succulents
- ZZ plant