Are your houseplants looking a little tired? Perhaps the leaves are yellowing and their stems bending or turning black.
Unless you’re a botanist, it’s easy to forget the special care requirements of house plants. We all know that plants need water and sunlight to grow, but what are some of the other things they need to thrive?
Here are three plant care tips you must know.
1. Give Them Some Space
One of the best things you can do for your plants is to give them some space. If you have a plant that is growing too close to another plant, they will compete for resources and may not all thrive.
Giving your plants space will also allow them to get the light they need to grow, and help you to better monitor their individual health and needs.
This doesn’t mean you need a giant yard, but it does mean that you should give them adequate room to grow.
2. Feed Them Regularly
Plant food is essential for helping plants grow, and there are a variety of plant foods available to suit different needs.
If you’re not sure which plant food is best for your plants, ask a nursery worker or consult a gardening book. Generally, it’s best to fertilize plants every two weeks or so during the growing season, and less frequently during the winter.
Also, be sure to water plants regularly, as they need water to absorb the nutrients in the plant food.
3. Check for Pests
If you want healthy plants, check them regularly for pests like aphids and mealybugs.
Start by looking for signs of pests, such as damage to leaves or stems, or unusual numbers of insects on the plant. Next, check for pests in the soil around the plant. Lastly, if you find pests, you’ll need to treat the plant to get rid of them.
There are a variety of pest treatment methods you can use, so ask a professional at your local nursery for advice.
4. Understand the Nature of Your Plant
While some plants are hardy and will keep growing even with some neglect, others are fragile and need up-close care. As such, knowing the kind of houseplants you have will help you know how to best care for them.
For example, if you have spider plants, you need to know that they’re hardy hydroponic plants. This means if you’re the kind of person who tends to forget to water their plants, the spider plant can be forgiving. Especially if you’re a beginner, spider plant care won’t be difficult.
Easy Plant Care Tips for Beginners
If you want your plants to thrive, give them some space, feed them regularly, and always check for pests. Now that you know the best plant care tips for beginners, go out and get some of your green thumbs.
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