Being a plant parent and giving them the necessary care and maintenance is not an easy task. A beginner needs to first learn of the basic plant care practices and routines to receive all the benefits of having an indoor plant. Plants have numerous benefits some of which include properties that lighten up the room and the mood of the occupants. To be able to care of your plants you need some tips to assist you as you begin the journey of being a parent plant. Below are ways of being a plant parent like a pro with these nine tips.
1. Feel the soil condition before watering
It might be unclear and challenging to determine what time to water indoor plants. The first pro tip when watering plants is feeling the soil conditions. Using your finger, feel the soil up to an inch to determine whether it is wet or dry. Dry soil indicates that the plant should be watered. Observation of shriveled, dry, or discolored leaves is also an indication that the plants need much more water than the routine water supply.
2. Indoor plants love stability.
Selecting a position for a plant is important even before choosing which indoor plant to purchase. Plants grow well when their surrounding and spot is favorable and consistent. Finding the best position for a plant is essential since they have specific light and temperature requirements. Fluctuations in such parameters can make the plant stressed and shocked.
3. Place low light plants in bathrooms
Bathrooms have small windows that allow in limited amounts of light. Low-light plants still require light but in small amounts to flourish. The plants can also be watered from the bathroom water sources. Plants with low humidity requirements are also catered for in bathroom settings.
4. Water deeply
Plants require to be watered deeply for the roots to be able to absorb the water. Light and frequent watering of plants only ensure that water reaches the top parts of the plant roots. Watering deeply ensures that the plant’s roots get the water, and this can be achieved by drilling drainage holes in the planters.
Pruning plants involves getting rid of the old growth and giving a chance for new growths that enable the plants to bloom again. After some seasons like winter, plants need to be pruned to remove any dead parts such as tips and leaves.
Repotting plants does not involve pulling them from their original growth medium. When pulled out, plants are likely to damage their stems or leaves and tear away some of their roots. When roots are damaged, they cannot continue absorbing the necessary nutrients until they fully heal. Repotting should be done carefully to avoid damaging the plant and retarding its growth progress.
7. Replicate the plant’s natural habitat
This is achieved by selecting the right type of soil, humidity, water, light, and temperature conditions. Such information can be found by researching the plant’s native habitat and climatic conditions.
8. Examine and check out for dropping leaves
Healing of plants that have drooped requires the guidance of an expert on the type of fertilizer that is best for the plant type. Homemade plant foods can also help in the healing of a plant completely instead of tossing it out.
9. Dust your plants
When plants collect too much dust on their leaves, they are prevented from accessing sunlight which is a requirement for their growth and health. Regular wiping of both leaves sides using a cloth is effective in getting rid of the dust on plant surfaces.
There are several plant care tips that a beginner parent or a plant parent can research to ensure that their plants are well maintained and taken care of. These basic tips help to ensure that indoor plants are kept healthy and vibrant without much input or many challenges.