5 Top Tips on Caring for Your House Plants

Great advice to make sure your house plants and flowers keep thriving
Even though we may be indoors for a little while longer, it is still important to keep caring for our indoor house plants. It is wonderful to have some greenery and blossoming flowers to admire. It gives us that sense of hope that Spring is truly around the corner and the cold winter months will be shortly well and truly behind us. Here are some tips and pieces of advice to make sure your house plants and flowers keep thriving.

  1. Identify What Kind of Plant You Are Caring For – Since each has its own special needs, it is first very important to know what it is. Once identified, then you just need to do a bit of research for the kind of care it needs to thrive.
  2. Make Sure Your House Plant Is Getting Enough Light – Now that you know what kind of plant you have, find out how much or how little light your plant needs. If you are still uncertain to what kind of plant you have, here are some signs that it may need more light:
    • There are no blooms being produced from flowering plants.
    • It is growing towards the light it is receiving already.
    • Some leaves are yellowing and falling off.
  3. Make Sure Your House Plant Is Not Getting Too Much Light – It is important for plants to receive light to grow, but if they receive too much, they can also perish.
  4. Determine How Much Water Your Plant Needs – This part is actually quite easy to determine, test the soil with your finger, and if the soil is dry it needs to be watered. If the soil is damp, do not water. Often times, plants run into problems because they are over-watered. When this happens, there is usually too much water in the soil for it to absorb and it starts to rot because it is not receiving any oxygen.
  5. Make Sure There Is Enough Space For Your Plant to Grow – Sometimes when it is confined to a pot, its growth becomes inhibited. In order for it to keep growing and stay strong, it needs the space to do just that. One way to see if it needs a new home, is to take a look at its roots. Are the roots starting to grow to the top? Take a look at the bottom of the plant, do you see the roots growing out of the pot or planter? Even if there are not, are the roots bunched up in a bundle? If so, it is time to get a new pot or planter for your houseplant. The best time to re-pot your house plants is typically in the Spring, as they are typically entering a growth period. When selecting a new pot, make sure it is only a few inches wider and deeper than the original, so that the plant has some growing space. You do not want to have an overwhelming amount of space for plant as you do not want to have it rot from excess water.

Ann Martin is a freelance writer for Dinnerware Center, which is an online store specializing in dinnerware sets, tableware and flatware sets such as the WMF Nortica and the WMF Royal. Ann writes for other travel, and home and garden sites online. When Ann is not writing, she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

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