You are still taking a good care of your houseplant, but its leaves keep on turning brown or yellow and may sometimes die? Taking a good care is very important but the more important thing is to know what is the right way of taking care of your plant. There are several common mistakes that experts refer to that you might be making unintentionally. We are giving you an insight into these mistakes so that it can help you avoid them.
1- Don’t be over-caring to your plants
Yes, over-caring can kill your plant. You don’t have to keep your plant in the shape you bought it in. A little bit of neglect might be important for your plant to thrive. Less is more and less caring can be of great importance to your plant. For example, your over-caring can take the form of overwatering or over-fertilizing the plant when you see some leaves turn yellowish or brown. You need to remember that sometimes houseplants get rid of their leaves as part of the normal shedding process.
2. Selecting the right houseplant
It is very important to choose the plants the suit your house. How much is your house exposed to sunlight and from which direction is very important for the plant type as some plants may prefer indirect, direct, or shadowed sunlight? Also, is your house humid enough to host plants that love humidity such as the ferns? These are some of the considerations you may need to take into account.
3. Receiving the right amount of sunlight
Every houseplant type has a certain, special need of light exposure. Some plants like the direct light such as the jade plant. Many like the indirect light such as the aloe vera or the snake plant. Also, an important consideration to take into account is how many hours should a plant be exposed to the light during a single day. The succulent, for example, can be exposed to the light for up to 6 hours.
4. Overwatering your plant
This is also one of the most common mistakes done by plants lovers. Just like the sunlight need, the watering need depends on the plant type. Some plants are usually thirsty that it is recommended to always water them whenever the soil becomes dry. An example of such plants is the fern. Other plants may survive long times before getting the need to be watered such as the snake plant that can withstand up to a month. A great way to make a schedule and remind you of when to water your plants, especially if you have many types, is to use reminding apps such as GreenHub.
5. Changing your plant’s pot
This is one of the most neglected aspects of houseplants caring. Every once in a while, you need to change your plant’s pot for several reasons. The first reason is that the plant’s roots are overgrowing your pot. The second reason is that keeping it in the same pot for a long time can cause some problems such as roots rotting and pests. The period during which you should keep your plant in a single pot depends on the plant type and its size. Usually a period between a year and a year and half is enough for most houseplants. It is recommended to repot the plant into a slightly bigger pot to avoid overwatering in much bigger pots. Finally, you may sometimes need to consider changing the soil mixture to give your plant a richer, fresher nutrition.