Houseplant Care Tips

Having plants indoors will add natural beauty to interior decoration by bringing a bit of nature inside. However, some are hesitant in placing plants inside the house since they think it will only lead to the death of the plants due to lack of sunlight, fresh water and air. While this is the logical thought, there are tips to help prolonged a plants life indoors.

  • When it comes to watering your houseplants, the general rule of (green) thumb is to give your pants enough water to thrive, not over-water them as it will literally drown them. To ensure this, water the plants first until the soil is moist then stop watering. You can check if the soil is moist by pushing your finger into the soil – if it feels cool to the touch and your finger goes in easy but it isn’t squishy-wet, then this is optimal hydration. Also, make sure your plants are housed in a container with a hole at the bottom for excess water to seep out.
  • It’s no secret that plants must be watered more during summer and spring, around twice or thrice per week. But, during winter, water your plants less, around twice or thrice per month even as they know it’s winter – even if they are not “dormant” their own metabolic rate is slowed during this time of year. Furthermore, make sure that the water you use is at room temperature so it will not shock your plants with the sudden change in temperature (yes, your plants have feelings too).
  • All houseplants need the right level of humidity in order to survive and grow. For instance, plants like orchids and ferns love a spray of water each day while other plants will settle for intervals. Still, it is essential to keep the plants moist. In order to do so, placing your plants on top of moist gravel will help keep it damp and help humid air to rise up into the plants. You can also place some stones or compost around the plants to keep them at an ideal level of moisture.
  • For plants to survive, they also need the perfect level of temperature. Although there are plants that can easily survive at a greater temperature level, most plants die faster when exposed to a higher temperature level. As much as possible, keep your houseplants away from the windowsills and other heat producing devices.
  • If you plan to travel for a vacation, going home to dead plants is not always the best greeting. If you plan ahead and do what it takes to care for your plants before going on a trip, your houseplants will have a much stronger chance of survival. Invest in self watering devices that can now be found in many plant and hardware stores. These devices will water your plants every time they need moisture (I’m sure you’ve seen the Aqua Ball on TV – same premise). Let natural light also come in as your houseplants will need the light for photosynthesis.

Heather & Alan Davis
Oklahoma City Realtors


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  1. #1 by yashikibuta on November 1, 2011 - 3:49 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. I am always on the look out for tips about taking care of my house plants.

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