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  • 6 tips for caring for indoor plants

    August 11, 2023 4 min read

    6 tips for caring for indoor plants

    Indoor plants are a great way to bring some greenery and natural beauty into your home or workplace. Not only do they improve the air quality, but they also add a touch of calm and relaxation to your space. However, caring for indoor plants can be a challenge if you’re not familiar with the specific needs of each plant. In this post, we’ll share 6 simple tips for caring for indoor plants, so you can keep your green friends healthy and happy.

    1. Choose the right plants for your space

    The first step in caring for indoor plants is to choose the right plants for your space. Consider factors like light, temperature, and humidity when selecting plants. Some plants, like succulents and cacti, will only thrive in bright, sunny spots, while others, like peace lily’s and Zanzibar gems prefer indirect light. Similarly, some plants prefer cooler temperatures, while others prefer warmer, more humid environments. Do some research online or speak to your local nursery – By choosing plants that are well-suited to your space, you’ll have an easier time caring for them.

    2. Water your plants properly

    Watering is a critical part of indoor plant care. However, it can be easy to over or under water your plants, which can lead to problems like root rot or dehydration. The key is to water your plants deeply and less often, rather than giving them small amounts of water frequently. This allows the water to reach the roots and encourages the plants to develop a strong, deep root system. Be sure to also check the soil regularly, and water only when the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch. A moisture meter is a simple and cheap tool that takes the guess work out and can be found at your local nursery or hardware store. Alternatively, you can lift the pot to gauge the wetness of the soil by its weight, or simply stick your finger into the soil.

    3. Provide adequate drainage

    Drainage is an important aspect of indoor plant care. Ideally use a pot designed for indoor use which allows adequate drainage while avoiding spill hazards like those sold by the Indoor Pot Supply Co. If using pots with drainage be mindful that you do not water so much that the saucer overflows onto your floor. And if using a sealed pot without drainage, which isn’t ideal, be careful not to leave the plants roots submerged which will likely lead to root rot and increase the likelihood of some pests like fungus gnats. You can also use a layer of gravel or rocks at the bottom of the pot to help with drainage. Be sure to cover this layer with a flyscreen or a permeable ‘geotextile’ fabric to keep the gravel separate from the soil while allowing the water to flow through.


    4. Keep an eye out for pests

    Pests like spider mite and mealybug can quickly take over your indoor plants if left unchecked. To prevent pests, regularly inspect your plants for signs of infestation, like webbing, sticky residue or small black or white spots, often on the underside of leaves. If you do find pests wipe clean with a damp sponge or cloth, then spray with a natural insecticide or white oil to remove them. Ask your local nursery for an appropriate product or search online for some good DIY white oil recipes which you can make up with some common household products. It’s also a good idea to isolate infected plants to prevent the infestation from spreading.

    5. Regularly clean foliage

    Plants that are stuck indoors don’t get the benefits of regular rain showers to keep them clean, but like all plants still rely on photosynthesis to produce energy and grow. Photosynthesis occurs in the leaves where chlorophyll absorbs light and converts it into energy. Dusty or dirty leaves block the light, reducing the plant’s ability to photosynthesize effectively. Keeping the leaves clean can help ensure that your indoor plants are able to produce energy efficiently and grow strong and healthy. In addition, your clean plant will look more lush and vibrant!

    6. Prune and fertilize regularly

    Regular pruning and fertilising are important for keeping your indoor plants healthy and vibrant. Pruning helps to encourage new growth and prevent overcrowding, while fertilising provides essential nutrients for growth and development. Be sure to use a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and follow the instructions carefully. Additionally, pruning dead or damaged leaves and stems can help prevent the spread of disease and promote healthy growth.

    By following these top 6 tips for caring for indoor plants, you’ll be well on your way to creating a beautiful and thriving indoor garden. Remember to choose the right plants for your space, water deeply and infrequently, provide adequate drainage, watch for pests, regularly clean foliage and prune and fertilize regularly. With a little care and attention, your indoor plants will flourish for years to come.