Not only do home plants make for naturally beautiful home decor pieces, but they also are associated heavily with bringing in ultimate positivity and happy vibes. Just not heavy on pockets and extremely effortless in terms of decor, greens are any beautiful interior spaces’ biggest secret. Bringing them home comes in easy but maintaining them might just screw you if you get wrong somewhere. Since I’ve recently got obsessed with home greens and maintaining them has somehow become my hobby now, I thought of writing this post for you all.
So, here are 6 really helpful tips that I came across, while some were born while I was growing and planting my own home plants:
ONE: KNOW YOUR PLANT WELL
It is of utmost importance that you know the basics of your plant well. Meaning, it’s highly needed that you know what environment your plant suits the best in: Indoor or Outdoor. The sunlight requirements of all plants are different. Less or more sunlight than the required could play with the life of your plant.
Also, a very important thing to know about your plant is the way it grows and how much it grows. Accordingly, some plants are meant to be planted outside of the house and vice versa.TWO: KNOW THE WATER NEEDS WELL
You don’t want to be watering the plants all day long and destroying them, right. Also, what is to be avoided is under-watering the plants. TWO BIG NOs: Over & Under Watering. Requirements here are again different for different plants. Some need more and some need way lesser water. For example: Palm would need much more water than cacti, so you get it right? While watering, also see if water reaches deep under. Plants don’t need to be watered just for the sake of it. Soil needs to be moist till down under. You can check with your finger. THREE: CHOP OFF THE DEAD EXTENSIONS
It’s very important for the proper growth of a plant that you chop off the yellow/dead leaves. There would be some parts of the plant that start getting yellow to dark brown and it is mainly because of salt or some chemical accumulation. Main reason for the accumulation is presence of chemicals even in water. Get your scissors on and dump all unwanted colours from your plant. FOUR: CHECK FOR PROPER DRAINAGE IN POTS
A plant would live all its life in the pot, so water drainage must be ensured. Ensure holes so there’s enough supply of air. Also, try not changing the position of your plants a lot. Plants get used to staying at one particular spot, under certain light conditions and changing them to often or too soon could hamper their healthy growth.
FIVE: FERTILISE WELL
Fertilisers need to be learnt about before you actually use them. Over-fertilising usually leads to extra salt/mineral accumulation which in turn makes the plant go brown. Schedule a fertilising time so that you are regular with the same. Put an alarm: Best thing. Most importantly, know your fertiliser well so that you don’t go wrong with plant minerals, since all plants have different needs that might differ with changing seasons too. SIX: AVOID EXTREME PLACES TO KEEP THEM
Don’t place them near the A.C vents, chimney openings and places with extra light falling on the top. Choose a spot with moderate air and sunlight conditions, unless your plants need extra or less sunlight.
I hope you really got inspired by the images above, do post your feedback in the comment section below and if there’s any other topic or theme you would want to me to talk about, do write about that too.
Images via: Pinterest, Good Housekeeping
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