Adding plants and flowers to your decor is a great way to bring a room to life. Unfortunately, many would-be plant owners have a hard time keeping their plants alive.
It’s often the littlest issues that cause the most significant problems when trying to care for flowers and plants. Here are some easy plant care tips that you can use to create an incredible garden, indoors or out.
It’s Better to Have Thirsty Plants than Overwatered Plants
While forgetting to water your plants will eventually kill them, it’s often the opposite issue that does them in. Believe it or not, it’s better to neglect your plants a bit than it is to overdo it on the watering.
When you don’t water your plants enough, you’ll start to see visual cues that remind you to give them a drink. When you overwater your plants, they might look ok for a while, then die. Why? Overwatering your plants can cause root rot (source: https://www.myseedneeds.com/collections/seed-collections/). Once root rot sets in, there’s no going back.
Learn how often your plant wants to be watered and set a reminder to do it. Leave it alone during the periods between scheduled waterings.
Keep Leaves Clean and Dusted
Keeping your plants clean might seem counterintuitive. After all, they grow through the dirt. However, for your plant to absorb the sunlight they need to thrive, the leaves should be clear of dust and dirt.
Give your plants a wipe down with a soft cloth. You can use a light spray of room temperature water if necessary. Be mindful that some plants’ leaves will die if they get wet.
The same applies to outdoor plants. Give them a gentle spray down to clear up dust, dirt, and pollen from other plants.
Add a Self-Watering Feature
If you’re anxious about being a plant killer, add self-watering mechanisms to help your plants take care of themselves. There are a variety of self-watering globes and ornaments that will keep your plants nourished while making your garden look fantastic.
For inside plants, you can create a self-watering plant holder with a plastic water bottle or saucer. DIY self-watering planters are also great for when you head on vacation for a few days.
Listen to Your Plants
Your plants will communicate with you; it’s up to you to listen. Keep an eye on your plants to notice any changes in color or texture. These are critical signs that something is amiss. Based on the symptoms your plant is presenting, it’s easy to look up a solution.
As mentioned previously, most people think that when a problem arises, it’s caused by a lack of water. Rather than rushing to get the watering jug and exacerbating the problem, type the issues into google with the type of plant to troubleshoot the issue.
Pay Attention to the Lighting
Yes, plants need sunlight, warmth, and water to survive, but some need more than others. Pay attention to the lighting requirements when placing your plants, both indoors and outdoors. The indoor plants that will thrive in your dimly lit bathroom will not be the same as those who prefer to soak up the sun in your window.
The same applies to outdoor plants. If your plant needs a lot of sun to thrive, plant it on the south side of your house. Leave the darker corners and shadowed areas to ferns and leafy plants that like the shade.
Watch Out for Drafts
Drafty windows are a silent killer for indoor plants, especially in the winter months. When you’re putting your favorite succulent closer to the window for a touch of winter sun, do so with care. Check your windows for drafts before putting plants anywhere near them, and watch out for plants placed near exterior doors as well.
For outdoor plants, it’s essential to keep an eye on the weather reports. If there’s a risk of an off-season frost warning, cover your flowers with burlap until the frost warning passes.
With these simple tips, plant care is a breeze.