Proper houseplant care is simple, as long as you know a few basics. This post will help you ensure the long, happy, and healthy life of your house plants!
01 Pick The Right Houseplants For You and Your Space
When shopping for a new plant, select one that works best for you AND your space. Consider your level of experience with plants, the amount of light available in your area, and the amount of time you can spend dedicated to your new houseplant.
Having an adequate amount of light is by far the most essential factor you should consider when choosing a new plant. It’s helpful to have a general idea of where your new plant will live and how much light that space has to offer. Check the plants’ label in the store, and you will find its light requirements.
Here are a couple of my favorite LOW-LIGHT indoor plants:
- Aglaonemas– Beautiful oval leaves, tolerates low light, and very easy to grow.
- Peace Lily- This plant thrives best when the soil is moist, but not overwatered.
- Snake Plant – Another easy to grow plant that does great in low light conditions. A great air-purifying plant too.
02 There is a Right Way to Water Your Houseplants
Learning how to water your plant is as important as learning how often your plant needs water. When we overwater our plants, oxygen levels become restricted, and the plants’ roots begin to rot.
Plants need both the right amount of water and oxygen. To do this, each time you water, water your plants thoroughly. This means watering evenly and until water runs through the drain hole. Let the soil dry out between waterings to provide the plants’ roots with oxygen. Dump any excess water as this can cause significant root rot and suffocate your plants’ roots.
03 Have Proper Drainage
Proper drainage enables water to drain freely, allowing your plants’ roots to get drink and breath adequately. Without adequate drainage, the soil will remain wet, and your plants ultimately suffocate. We call this root rot, which plants rarely recover from.
Drain holes are an essential feature to have in your pots, especially if you are new to pant parenting. You can also create a drainage layer by adding ½ to 1 inch of pebbles, stones, or pumice on the bottom of the pot before adding soil.
When repotting plants, make sure that the new soil mix is well-drained and holds water and nutrients well. Most professional mixes you find in stores are good. Some plants, such as orchids, require special soil.
You can always create your own soil mix too! I usually add extra perlite to my soil when I re-pot. I tend to overwater, and perlite helps with drainage.
Plant food is one of the easiest ways to increase your plants’ growth. I recommend using a liquid fertilizer like Fox Farm Big Bloom. Yes, this is an affiliate link, but I started using the Big Bloom fertilizer BEFORE I started blogging, and I still use it today!
**Note: Less is more when using fertilizer. Hold off until springtime to start fertilizing as most houseplants are dormant during the winter.
05 Rotate for even growth
Plants are drawn to light and will favor themselves towards a light source. Help your plant grow straight by rotating them a quarter turn at each watering, so each part of the plant gets an equal shot of the sun.