How to Care for Your Indoor Plant
Plants are a beautiful décor addition. There are so many varieties to choose from, and each one requires different care and attention. Some need more attentive care while some can be left alone for months and thrive. If you struggle with keeping these green beauties alive, follow this general guide to get your plants thriving!
Start with a good base. Rule of thumb is select the right soil for your plant. There are different types of soil that are specific for certain types of plants. For example, if you are potting a barrel cactus, make sure you have cactus-specific soil ready to go. However, if you have a rubber plant, cactus soil will not do.
It’s also important to make sure there is a drainage system to prevent root rot. Root rot, a disease where the roots of a plant rot and decay, forms when there is a collection of excess water in the soil. Planters with a hole in the bottom provide the drainage that's needed. If your pot does not, simply take some small stones and create a rock layer at the bottom of the pot for ample drainage of the soil. Your plant will thank you for it!
Set up your plant for success by creating a space that has proper sunlight. This can range from bright, direct light to low, indirect light, and everything in between. With sunlight, I highly recommend researching your plant to get accurate information on what lighting it thrives in.
This can be a tricky one. It is very easy improperly water. Luckily, plants like to tell us if it's getting too much or too little.
If you notice your plant is appearing slightly wilted and the soil pulling away from the inside of the pot, you're underwatering. I recommend decreasing the amount of time between waterings.
If the leaves turn yellow or brown on the tips, give it more time between each watering; it's being overwatered. You may also notice pests collecting on the soil and around your plant when it's getting too much water.
The tricky thing to determine is wilting. It can mean both overwatering and underwatering. Look at the other symptoms to determine which it is, then take corrective action by repotting or shifting your watering schedule.
While researching sunlight, take note of what watering schedule is optimum for your plant.
There can come a time when repotting is needed. Either the plant has grown too large for its pot or maybe root rot has started, along with many other reasons. When you determine its time to repot, select a slightly larger planter and repot with new soil. Selecting a too-large planter can make it easier for water to collect in the soil and the chance of root rot increases. A trick I use is keeping a visual ratio of two-thirds plant, one-third planter not only for aesthetic reasons, but also for the health of your plant. Meaning, the amount of plant you see when potted should be double the size of the planter.
There are so many important details to take into consideration when caring for a plant. Along with the tips above, research the specific environments your plant needs to be happy and healthy.