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How to Stop Killing Your Houseplants

Dead Peace Lily in Jerome BathroomIf you’re like a lot of people, you do not have a good track record when it comes to keeping houseplants alive. For individuals who are a bit foliage-challenged, caring for houseplants can sound like a problematic and mysterious task. Yet there’s no reason for it to be. By utilizing some of these helpful tips, you can stop killing your houseplants and begin enjoying their natural beauty in your Jerome rental home.

Step 1: Choose Hardy Plants

To grow healthy houseplants, begin with the right kind of plant. There are many different houseplant varieties, most of which are relatively sturdy and can withstand a little neglect. When buying a plant, aim for the one that is healthy, green, and bushy. Avoid plants that look dry, wilted, or spotted. When you take your plant home, do some research and guarantee that you have the correct size and style of pot, along with some high-grade potting soil. Most plants need a little room to grow, so choose a pot slightly larger than your plant currently needs. Also, choose a pot with holes in the bottom for drainage. However, never forget to place something to catch the drainage, to avoid damage to your furnishings or property.

Step 2: Get the Light Just Right

Much like in real estate, with regards to houseplants, location matters. Pick a place that provides the kind of light your houseplant needs. Many indoor plants grow in indirect sunlight, while others require a little direct sun every day to bloom. Ensure you know what kind of sunlight your plant needs, and pick a spot that will fit the bill.

In addition to finding the right sunlit spot for your houseplant, make an effort to avoid exposing your plant to any other environmental factors that might destroy it. It’s better to keep your plant protected from cold drafts, hot air blowing on it from your furnace, too much moisture or humidity, or not enough moisture. If it seems like a challenge, that is probably true. But with a bit of planning and creativity, you can quickly determine the best spot for your plant to flourish.

Step 3: Water Correctly

Watering a houseplant incorrectly is the primary reason why they perish. It can be a problem to know how much water to give your plant, how frequently to water it, etc. A common guideline is to keep the soil around your houseplant moist but not soaked. Too much water can cause unwanted pests, plant diseases, and, possibly, the death of your houseplant. To measure the dryness of the soil, stick a finger into it more or less an inch deep. If the soil looks dry, add water. Use a watering can with a long spout to pour the water directly onto the earth (don’t ever water a plant on the leaves), and move little by little until the soil is moist, but water is not accumulating on top.

If you have a hard time remembering to water your houseplants, many different types of watering devices can help. Simply setting a reminder on your calendar or alternative device might help you remember to check your houseplant regularly. Furthermore, there are both high-tech and low-tech options that can help you manage the moisture levels in your houseplant’s soil, maintaining a long and healthy life.

Step 4: Groom and Feed

All plants need extra nourishment every so often and also require to be pruned or trimmed. Different plants have various nutrient needs, so make sure to check out what kind of plant food is recommended for your specific plant. You can even find important details at your local nursery or garden center. To keep your plant looking fresh, trim off any yellow or dying leaves, dry flowers, and so on. This will encourage your houseplant to produce new leaves or bloomsand also keep your plant looking and growing healthy.

Although caring for a houseplant can be a test, it is not impossible to do. With some great planning and research, you can easily maintain your houseplant and enjoy its natural beauty for many years to come.

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