You can’t just buy a plant and then leave it to wither!
Caring for your plants is not difficult, but it does require some forethought. Be sure that you have a regular watering schedule and stick to it! Your plants will let you know if they are getting enough sunlight or if they need more. Fertilize them regularly (at least twice a year). If you live in a colder climate, make sure they don’t get too cold in the winter. They should be kept at 60 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer when indoors.
Plants also need the right soil type to thrive. You can buy soil made specifically for individual types of plants–cacti, succulents, etc.–but it’s possible to use potting soil purchased at any nursery or home improvement store as well. Your plant will give you indicators if you’re using the wrong soil type: its leaves may become dry and yellow if there is not enough water drainage from the pot, whereas drooping leaves could indicate that there is too much drainage.
Watering. I like to think of watering as the most important part of looking after plants.
Watering is the most important part of caring for your plants. How often you water, and how much you water them depends on the plant.
As an example, a cactus doesn’t need much water at all—as a general rule, only water them once every 2 or 3 weeks during the summer, and only once per month during the winter.
On the flip side, plants like ferns require a lot more watering. Ferns like moist soil, so if you see that their soil is dry up to one inch below the surface, it’s time to give them a thorough watering.
Pests. Unfortunately, pests are everywhere, even in your house.
Pests can be alarming, but don’t worry; there are ways to prevent and treat pests. Common pest problems include aphids, scale insects, fungus gnats, spider mites and mealybugs. These pests can be treated in several ways. Using pesticides is not recommended as they tend to harm beneficial insects like ladybugs as well. Instead, use natural methods such as insecticidal soap or neem oil diluted with water. For larger infestations you may need to remove the plant from the soil and rinse it off under running water or spray it with a strong stream of water from your showerhead if outside conditions allow for it. If you have only one particular plant that is being attacked by pests then isolate them from other plants until the problem has been solved.
Aphids are small (about one-eighth inch long) bugs that come in many colors including black green yellow white red brown pink purple blue and orange depending on their species; they also vary greatly between species when it comes to their shape and whether they have wings or not so make sure you know what type of aphid you’re dealing with before trying any treatments on them – some prefer warm temperatures while others prefer cooler temperatures so if possible try different types of treatment options first before giving up entirely just because one treatment didn’t work!
Scale insects suck sap out of leaves stem tissue flowers fruits etcetera which makes them easy targets for predators like birds spiders wasps beetles etcetera but when these predators aren’t around scales are difficult to get rid of because they live under thick layers called coverings that protect them from most pesticides or soaps available at nurseries/garden shops plus sprays must reach both sides of a leaf in order for any pesticide/soap solution applied directly onto foliage will only kill adult scales leaving eggs behind which eventually hatch into larvae again making control very difficult unless all stages are killed at once either through spraying both sides with an insecticidal soap solution or spraying neem oil
Temperature & Humidity: What’s right for your plants?
You’ve just brought home your new fiddle leaf fig and you’re all set to become a great plant parent. So what are the most important things you should know?
Temperature and humidity, of course! Plants need an ideal temperature and humidity in order to thrive. Different plants have different temperature needs, as do different parts of a plant, or crops on the same plant. If the temperature is too high or too low for that particular part of that particular plant, it won’t grow as well. Generally speaking, roots like cooler temperatures than leaves; some plants may even want different levels of humidity at their leaves than at their roots.
Soil. A soil mix is the foundation of any great plant home!
Soil is the foundation of any great plant home! The right soil mix will give your plant its best shot at thriving, so you’ll want to get a good one. There are a few key things to look out for in a soil mix; this guide will walk you through everything you need to know.
In order for the roots of your plant to thrive, it’s important that its soil be both well-drained and moisture-retentive. That means that while water should pass through the soil easily, it should also stick around long enough for the roots to soak it up. A good soil mix will have a pH level between 5 and 7 (7 being neutral), which allows the plant to absorb nutrients from fertilizer effectively. Finally, the particles in your potting soil should be porous enough for air pockets to form; this helps make sure there’s enough oxygen available for your roots.
When choosing potting mixes for different kinds of plants, keep these things in mind!
There are many factors to maintaining an indoor plant, but they are all manageable!
Like all living things, your indoor plant needs several things to survive in its new environment. A big part of this is making sure that it has everything it needs to thrive, such as access to sunlight and proper watering, but the other half is making sure that harmful factors are kept at bay. This can be done through pest control, proper soil treatment and management of temperature and humidity.