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How to Stop Killing Your Houseplants

Dead Peace Lily in Ivins BathroomIf you are just like others, you have a bad track record about keeping houseplants alive. For those who are a bit foliage-challenged, caring for houseplants can seem like a stressful and mysterious task. Yet this is not the way it needs to be. By implementing a few helpful tips, you can stop killing your houseplants and start enjoying their natural beauty in your Ivins rental home.

Step 1: Choose Hardy Plants

To grow healthy houseplants, look for the right kind of plant. There are a lot of different houseplant varieties, few of which are quite sturdy and can withstand a little neglect. When buying a plant, select the one that is healthy, green, and bushy. Avoid plants that look dry, wilted, or spotted. When you carry your plant home, do some research and confirm that you have the correct size and style of pot, aside from some top-quality potting soil. Few plants need a narrow space to survive, so choose a pot slightly larger than your plant currently needs. Moreover, choose a pot with holes in the bottom for drainage. However, don’t forget to place something to catch the drainage, to avoid damage to your furnishings or property.

Step 2: Get the Light Just Right

In the same manner with real estate, when it comes to houseplants, location matters. Choose an area that receives the kind of light your houseplant needs. Many indoor plants thrive in indirect sunlight, while some of them need a little direct sun every day to prosper. Make sure you know what kind of sunlight your plant needs, and select a place that is advisable for them.

Apart from finding the right sunlit spot for your houseplant, try to avoid exposing your plant to any other environmental factors that might hurt them. You must keep your plant away from cold drafts, hot air blowing on it from your furnace, too much moisture or humidity, or too little moisture. If that sounds like a challenge, it probably is. But with a little planning and creativity, it is possible to find a suitable place for your plant to grow well.

Step 3: Water Correctly

Watering a houseplant incorrectly is the top reason that they die. It can be a struggle to know how much water to give your plant, how many times to water it, and more. A common guideline is to keep the soil around your houseplant moist but not soaked. A great deal of water may end up in unwanted pests, plant diseases, and, eventually, the death of your houseplant. To examine the dryness of the soil, stick a finger into it about an inch deep. If the soil texture is dry, add water. Use a watering can with a long spout to pour the water directly onto the earth (never water a plant on the leaves), and go slowly until the soil is moist, but water is not pooling on top.

If you have a hard time remembering to water your houseplants, several types of watering devices can help. Simply setting a reminder on your calendar or another device might help you remember to check your houseplant from time to time. Also, there are both high-tech and low-tech options that can help you manage the moisture levels in your houseplant’s soil, ensuring a long and healthy life.

Step 4: Groom and Feed

All plants need extra nourishment every once in a while and also need to be pruned or trimmed. Different plants have particular nutrient needs, so you need to learn what kind of plant food is recommended for your specific plant. You may also acquire useful advice from your local nursery or garden center. To keep your plant looking impressive, trim off any yellow or dying leaves, dry flowers, and so on. This will encourage your houseplant to generate new leaves or blooms and keep your plant looking and feeling healthy, too.

Although caring for a houseplant can be a challenge, it is not impossible to do. With some careful planning and research, you can confidently manage your houseplant and enjoy its natural beauty for many years to come.

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