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How to Keep Indoor Plants Alive and Healthy

Read this if you've killed one too many cacti already.

The first thing I notice in anyone’s home is their garden. The foliage in different shades enhance the surrounding’s ambience, and help me feel at ease in an instant. The indoor plants are to die for! Interior landscaping not only serves as a lovely office and home decor, the fresh greenery also provide a deeper sense of well being. Much as we all like to keep our home vibrant, we know that it is a challenge to keep indoor plants alive and healthy. For a “newbie” home gardener like me, I’ve learned a few things that I would like to share with you.

Soil Type

Obviously not all types of soil are good for indoor plants, as they are for outdoor plants. If you are inexperienced like me, consult a gardener near your area. I usually buy garden soil from a reputable planter who can give me some free tips on how to take care of my plants. A peat free compost is highly recommended by most planters as suitable for all indoor plants, so go for it.

Watering

Some plants need less watering than others. If you are a frequent camper, these indoor plants are ideal for you: Succulents, Orchids, Fittonia, Pothos, Ficus, Aglaonema, Areca Palm, Jade Plant, Zamioculcas zamiifolia, and rubber tree, among others.

Cacti indoors
Photo Credit: Milada Vigerova/Unsplash

Light & Temperature

Aside from water, indoor plants need warmth and some light. When kept indoor, plants acclimatize slowly and take time to adapt in their new habitat. Depending on the type of indoor plants that you have, determine which one needs more and less light, or higher and lower temperature. Try to observe how your plants react indoor. When you discover their best spot, you can arrange them accordingly.

Trimming & Grooming

Plants look better with regular pruning. You need to do this before the lower part of the stem foliage fall off. Trimming stimulates their growth, and keeps them from looking dull and leggy. Give your plants a complete boost by showering them at least once a month to wash the dust off. You will be delighted by how fresh and revitalize they will look after each shower.

Natural Pest Control Treatment

Most insects, like ants, hate soap. Organic Neem Oil is also highly recommended by indoor planters. You might need to cover the soil with Gnat Nix if the soil is already heavily infested. But why wait? Just prevent it by applying a soil topper before it happens.

Indoor plants give us much more than just beautifying our homes. They improve the quality of the air we breathe and maintain a healthy home environment. Proper care of our indoor plants is a must, if we want them to contribute to our well being.

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