House Plant 101

Getting a house plant is similar to getting your home a life. You will need to cultivate it with love and attention, not Rat Poop. So it becomes important to see and comprehend the set-up and environment of your space until you bring home a plant. It is crucial to make sure that the environment in your home/ office or any other space matches the demands of the plant.

All plants require water, food and sun to survive. But different plants need different quantities of each.

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1. Water – Water your plants as per their demands. Plants need water, but not too much or too little. Most plants like having their roots moist, but not too moist. You need to provide your plant with consistent water. The majority of our indoor plants have coco peat as a base. Best way to check if you need to water the plant or not would be to check the coco peat and find out how warm it is and water accordingly. If the coco peat is turning light brown and appears dry, you want to water the plant. But at the same time, you will need to make sure there’s not any clogging of water at the base. The best way to check this is to put your finger in the coco peat and assess whether it’s dry or moist from inside.

2. Light – The next most important thing is light. Some crops need appropriate sun; on the other hand some may easily live without natural light or dim light.

But a Bonsai requires at least 3-4 hours of sun on a daily bases. Most foliage plants can grow with very little or no sunlight. You want to understand the requirement of your plant and then locate the best suitable spot for your plant in your home or office. Another crucial factor here would be to avoid temperature shocks to the plant.

3. Preventing pest problems – Dirt clogs on the pores of the plant and that makes it hard to respire. You must wash the leaves of your plant many times each month. The straightforward way to do this is use a water spray. So every now and then you’re able to spray water on the leaves.

4. Pruning of yellow leaves – Leaves can turn yellow for a couple of reasons. One of the main reasons why leaves start turning yellow and brown is dryness. If the plant is dry it will often wilt and the leaves will start turning yellow. The second reason why this occurs is that a disease is affecting the plant or there is fungal action. It’s very important to understand the main reason behind yellowing of the leaves, treat the reason and prune the yellow leaves so they do not influence the rest of the plant. An easy method to prune yellow leaves is to use a pair of pruning shears or even simple scissors for foliage plants.

5. Food – Food has an important role in nurturing plants. A significant food for plants other than water is NPK, which you have to add to the plant foundation in 4-6 weeks. You can add this powder in water and add this mixture to the crops.

These are some very basic things that you need to take good care of for a healthier lush green plant. Plants require proper care.

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