How to avoid killing your houseplant?
Are you wondering why your houseplant is dying? Have you bought several houseplants before and you struggled to keep them alive? As we benefit from them the breathable purified air and the good beautiful look, we need to give them back what they really need properly. We are providing you with a simple guide on how to take a good care of your plant so that it can thrive and flourish vividly.
1. Treat your plant as a living being
At the end, that’s what it is, right? Just like a pet, you need to take care of it considering different aspects so that it can give you back what you desire. You need to water it, feed (fertilize) it, clean it and its surrounding, and provide it with a suitable environment.
2. Water it properly
First of all, you need to know your plant well. You need to know whether it loves the overwatering, underwatering or prefer to be moderate in its drinking. Your plant will give you signs of how excessively or poorly it is being watered. If you are underwatering it, parts of the leaves might turn yellowish or brown in colour and become hardened. Also, some of the leaves may wrap around themselves. On the other hand, if you are overwatering it, then you might notice some leaves turning brown with yellow leaves falling off your plant. If you use a pot without drainage holes, then you may also notice that the roots get rotted. Secondly, you need to know the timings of your watering. Some of the plants need watering every single day while others can hold up to a month such as a snake plant. To help you water your plants on time, you can make a schedule on your calendar or use one of the mobile applications that can keep track and remind you of when to water the plant.
3. Place it in a suitable location
When picking up your plant’s location you need to consider several factors. First is sunlight exposure. This is dependent on the houseplant type. Some plants like the direct sunlight, some may like an indirect one and others like it to be more shadowed light exposure. The second factor is temperature. Also depending on the planet, many are suited with the room temperatures but others may require a bit higher or lower temperatures. One last important factor is the humidity of the room. Some houseplants like very humid environments that sometimes it is recommended to place them in the bathroom for better humidity. A houseplant of such characteristic is the fern.
4. Feed them at the right time
When it comes to taking care of your plant in terms of nutrition, you need to consider when to do so. Some plants such as the aloe vera need fertilization once every month. Others may need it only once every six months like the jade or money plant. A calendar would also be of great help to remind you of when to fertilize your plants. Regarding the type of fertilizer, most types of houseplants will be fine with a balanced water-soluble fertilizer with 20-20-20 ratio
5. Clean them well
Basic cleaning of the plant is important to keep it thriving and flourishing. You can use a piece of cloth to clean off the dust over the leaves to allow for better light exposure. In addition, you can clean your plant’s leaves by rinsing it with tepid water. Remove the dead leaves regularly and trim the stems that don’t grow leaves.