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How to Stop Killing Your Houseplants

Dead Peace Lily in Hennepin County BathroomIf you are similar to others, you do not have an impressive track record when it comes to keeping houseplants alive. For the individuals who are a bit foliage-challenged, caring for houseplants can seem like a confounded and mysterious task. But it doesn’t need to be anymore. By following one or more of these useful strategies, you can stop killing your houseplants and start enjoying their natural beauty in your Hennepin County rental home.

Step 1: Choose Hardy Plants

To grow healthy houseplants, concentrate on the right kind of plant. There are lots of different houseplant varieties, most of which are very sturdy and can withstand a little neglect. When buying a plant, look for one that is healthy, green, and bushy. Avoid plants that look dry, wilted, or spotted. Before you bring your plant home, conduct some research first and be sure that you have the correct size and style of pot, as well as good quality potting soil. Most plants need a small room to thrive, so choose a pot slightly larger than what your plant currently needs. Moreover, choose a pot with holes in the bottom for drainage. Keep in mind to place something to catch the drainage, however, to avoid damage to your furnishings or property.

Step 2: Get the Light Just Right

This is the same in real estate and with regards to houseplants, location matters. Go for a spot that gives the kind of light your houseplant needs. Other indoor plants flourish in indirect sunlight, while some need a little direct sun every day to survive. Ensure that you comprehend what kind of sunlight your plant needs, and pick a spot that is appropriate for them.

In addition to finding the right sunlit spot for your houseplant, try to avoid exposing your plant to any other environmental factors that could negatively affect them. You should keep your plant away from cold drafts, hot air blowing on it from your furnace, too much moisture or humidity, or insufficient moisture. If this appears to be a difficult task, it likely is. But with some planning and creativity, you can easily find a suitable spot for your plant to flourish.

Step 3: Water Correctly

Watering a houseplant incorrectly is the main reason they die. It can be a challenge to know how much water to give your plant, how often to water it, and so on. A general guideline is to keep the soil around your houseplant moist but not soaked. Too much water can lead to unwanted pests, plant diseases, and, eventually, the death of your houseplant. To know the dryness of the soil, stick a finger into it approximately an inch deep. If the soil appears to be dry, add water. Use a watering can with a long spout to pour the water directly onto the earth (never water a plant on the leaves), and go slowly until the soil is moist, but water is not pooling on top.

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

Step 4: Groom and Feed

All plants need extra nourishment every now and then and also need to be pruned or trimmed. Different plants have particular nutrient needs, so be sure to examine what kind of plant food is recommended for your specific plant. You can also get additional details from your local nursery or garden center. To keep your plant looking great, trim off any yellow or dying leaves, dry flowers, and more. This will encourage your houseplant to grow new leaves or blooms and also keep your plant in excellent condition.

Even though caring for a houseplant can be a big responsibility, there are many ways to make this easier. With some proper planning and research, you can efficiently cultivate your houseplant and enjoy its natural beauty for many years to come.

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