Indoor Plant Care Guide

Indoor plants not only add beauty to your indoor spaces, but did you know they also offer many health benefits from removing toxins within your home, purifying the air you breathe, helping to reduce stress and allowing you to relax, both physically and mentally? The increasing popularity of growing house plants should come as no surprise, but it can be challenging trying to keep them alive and looking healthy.



Plants are just like us though, they need the basic elements of light, water and nutrients to thrive. Some plants will need more care than others but for the sake of keeping your beautiful plants alive and thriving, we will start with the basics.

Light

Knowing your plants light needs is essential which is why you should have a look around your home for the right space before purchasing your new plant. You will come across low-light, medium and bright light plants. This is where you want to be careful though. Most plants will enjoy and thrive in bright indirect (filtered) light. If you place your plant in direct sunlight, it can burn your plant (unless your plant has already acclimatised to the direct sunlight). If your space doesn’t receive much light, you will want to buy a low-light plant but just remember, all plants need light so although it says low light, you will still want to find a place where your plant will receive some filtered light.


Water

It can be difficult to know how much water to give your plant and when it needs watering. To make it more confusing, the water requirements change for different plant species and not to mention, it also depends on the type of pot, season and size of your plant.

Here are some general watering tips that can help determine your plants watering needs:

  • Smaller plants tend to need watering more often

  • Terra-cotta pots absorb water, meaning you may need to water more often. It also means if you are someone who over-waters, this can be a great option.

  • Succulents and cactus need the least amount of water but when you do water them, make sure you soak them.

  • Poke your finger a few cm into the soil and if its dry, it may need watering. Alternatively, use a water gauge.

  • Make sure your pot has drainage holes. This is important to prevent root rot and to allow excess water to drain out.

  • If the leaves start to droop, your plant needs water

  • Plants will need less water in the colder months and more during growing season

  • Water your plants all the way through. If your pot has drainage holes, you should see water coming out the bottom.

  • After each water, fill your watering can back up and allow to sit. This allows the water to reach room temperature and the chlorine to evaporate

  • Get to know your plants by picking them up. If they feel lighter, it may mean they need a water

  • If your soil has become compact, poke small holes into the soil to allow the water to absorb better


Nutrients (Fertiliser)

Feeding your indoor plant is important for its growth and health. The nutrients for house plants is limited to what’s available within the soil and what you provide through fertilising. When you first pot your plant, it has plenty of food from the soil, but after a few months, your plant would have consumed all the available nutrients. This is why it is up to you to replenish the essential nutrients your plant needs to grow lush and healthy!

Fertilisers come in many different forms from liquid, tablets, granules and slow-release forms. Natural liquid fertilisers are great for indoor plants to distribute the nutrients evenly throughout the soil. Liquid fertilisers are diluted in water and applied with a watering can. During peak growing seasons, you will need to fertilise more often but again, this all depends on the type of plant you have. Fast growing plants such as Pothos, Philodendrons and Monsterras will require more frequent feeding of either half an application every 2 weeks or a full application every month. Slow growing plants will require less feeding, so it is important to research your specific plant needs. In cooler months when plants are not growing as rapidly, you won’t need to fertilise often, if at all.


Easy care Plants to get you started

Here are some of our favourite, easy care plants to bring into your home.

· Pothos

· Monsterra

· Peace lily

· Succulents (such as chain of hearts)

· Cactus

· Heart leaf Philodendron

· Spider plant

· English ivy

· Snake plant

· ZZ Plant

· Money plant

Plants are a beautiful addition to your home so we hope you enjoyed reading this blog post and can’t wait to start growing your own plants within your home. Keep it simple and just remember, the three key elements to your plant’s survival is light, water and nutrients- Just like us!


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