Identify the correct lighting conditions.
In order to keep your houseplants alive, it’s vital that you identify the correct lighting conditions for the plant.
- Direct sunlight is light that hits plant foliage directly, for example a south-facing windowsill. Plants that like direct sunlight are orchids and succulents.
- Indirect sunlight is light which is dispersed before reaching the plant via a curtain or an east- or west-facing windowsill. Plants that like indirect sunlight are African violets, ferns and peace lilies.
- Shade is areas of your home where little to no natural light reaches due to thick roofing materials or very distant windowsills. Plants that like shade are spider plants, Chinese evergreen (Aglaonema), dieffenbachia and philodendron.
- A mix of all three means some plants can thrive in areas with varying levels of light exposure at different times of day; they’re able to adapt their foliage according to how much sun they get. Plants that like a mix are dracaena (corn plant), English ivy and Boston ferns.
Learn the right amount of water each plant needs.
Watering is probably the most important aspect of how to care for houseplants. It’s also the thing that most people seem to struggle with. Some plants like constant moisture and some like less frequent but deep waterings. Both of those can be achieved by adjusting your watering schedule, which we’ll dive into in this section.
#When to water
Knowing when to water your plant depends on a few factors: air temperature, soil temperature, humidity levels, and light levels (as well as the species of plant). In general, as temperatures rise and light levels increase your plants should be checked more often than they would during the winter months when temperatures are cooler and sunlight is limited.
Understand fertilizer and soil types.
Water and sunlight aren’t enough for a houseplant to thrive. To put it in human terms, think of fertilizer as the vitamins that your plant will need to stay healthy. It’s important to understand what type of fertilizer is right for your plant. Different fertilizers can help plants grow faster or enhance their colors. Fertilizer can be included in the soil or added separately from it, but either way, you’ll want to look for an organic option if you prefer not to use synthetic chemicals.
Make sure each plant has enough space to grow.
The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure each plant has enough space to grow. When a plant’s roots are packed in too tightly, they can become root-bound and unable to experience healthy growth.
To tell if your houseplant needs a bigger pot, take a look at its roots. You can usually see them through the sides of the pot or at the bottom. If the roots have filled all available space, it’s time for a bigger home!
Repotting is best done in early spring when your plants are starting their growing season. To begin, first remove all dead leaves from your plant and use scissors or pruning shears to trim off any dead roots that remain on its bottom half. Next fill about an inch of your new pot with fresh soil (moistened soil works best). Then carefully remove your plant from its old pot and place it in the new one (preferably with help from another pair of hands).
Fill up any empty spaces between the plant and new container with more additional moist soil, but be careful not to pack down too tightly — this could hinder your plants’ growth as well!
Caring for plants takes work but it’s worth it.
You may be thinking to yourself, “I’m not good at keeping plants alive. I kill the house plants that people give me. What makes you think I could keep a plant alive?”
It’s true that not all of us have what it takes to keep a plant from dying. But with a bit of work and some knowledge, you can make sure your houseplants thrive, despite your previous track record!Hey plant-killer, we see you.
You’re standing in the garden section of your local home improvement store, staring at the potted plants with a suspicious eye. You’re thinking “I can do this—no, I AM doing this.” You load up your cart with as much greenery as will fit and vow that this time it’s for sure going to work.
And then? Back at home, you realize that maybe this isn’t the right time for you to add a new house plant to your life. Maybe it needs more sunlight than you can give it. Maybe you forgot to water it one day and now it’s not really looking so good. Maybe you just don’t have the energy to get up and check on it every day.
But here’s the thing: we believe in you. The world needs more plants—and if you’re committed to giving them a good home, we want to help you out! Here are our top tips for keeping your house plants alive (and looking great).
If you have a house plant, you know how it feels when it starts to look a little rough. You know how it feels when it starts to lose its luster, when the leaves start to wilt and die. You know how guilty you feel about not taking care of your plants properly. And maybe you’ve even gone so far as to buy new plants to replace the old ones—only to watch them also dry up and die.
We know how you feel. We’ve been caught in that cycle before, too. But do you want to know our secret? It’s this: determination. Determination is all you need in order to keep your houseplants alive and looking great for years.
So what does this mean for you? No more letting your plants die just because you forget to water them (or over-water them). No more feeling guilty about neglecting your plants’ needs. And no more buying new plants again and again! You can keep your current houseplants alive simply by following these steps:
1. Set up a watering schedule with alerts on your phone or calendar app
2. Put each of your houseplants in a separate room so they’re easier to manage
3. Rotate which room each plant lives
Okay, so you’ve got some house plants. Great! But are they dying? Are they barely hanging on? Are you not really sure what to do with them?
Don’t worry—we’ve got your back. We’re going to walk you through everything you need to know about how to take care of those plants and keep them looking great.
How much water is too much water?
It’s no secret that we love plants here at [company name]. We love them so much, in fact, that we’ve been known to leave town for a few days and come back to find that our houseplants have turned into sticks. (We’re not proud of it.)
But the thing is, we’re not alone. It can be so hard to keep your houseplants alive—and healthy and looking great—especially if you’re going out of town or if you work long hours. So we decided to do something about it.
We reached out to our team of experts in the field of urban gardening and asked them for their best tips for keeping your houseplants looking great every day of the week. Here are our takeaways:
It’s official: house plants are the hottest new trend in interior design. Whether you’re just getting started or you’ve been caring for green friends for quite some time, here are some tips to keep your plants at their very best!
1. Look for plants that can thrive in your home environment: There are so many different kinds of house plants, so there’s sure to be one (or more!) that will feel right at home in your space. Do you have a lot of light? Try a fiddle leaf fig tree—it needs lots of sunshine to thrive! Don’t get much natural light? Try a peace lily or snake plant—both of these plants love low-light conditions.
2. Water your plants when they need it: You don’t want to overwater or underwater your plants! Overwatering can cause root rot and other issues that can make your plant unhealthy or even kill it. Underwatering leads to droopy leaves and other problems. The best way to know how often to water is to check the soil every few days; if it’s dry, water it! If it isn’t, wait a few days before you do.
3. Clean your plant’s leaves regularly: Your plant relies on its lush leaves to
Oh, houseplants! We love them so. They make our homes feel alive, they’re great to look at while we’re working on our laptops, and they help to purify the air in our space. But sometimes it can feel like you’re killing your plants more than you’re helping them thrive. Is it possible to keep your houseplants healthy? The answer is yes—and it’s easier than you think.
Here are some tips for keeping your plants looking their best:
Make sure that the soil is moist. Dry soil means that your plant has a hard time absorbing water, which leads to wilting leaves and browning edges (a sign of dehydration). If you’re not sure if the soil is dry, stick your finger in there. If it doesn’t feel damp when you pull it out, then it’s time for a drink.
Don’t overwater! If the leaves of your plant are turning yellow or brown, or if they’ve fallen off, then chances are you’ve been overwatering it. To figure out if this might be an issue for your plant, check the soil: if it looks mushy or smells like rotten eggs (ew), then there’s likely too much water in there. Try holding back on
1. Keep it in the shade, and never hang it over a radiator.
2. Water it once a week, or whenever the soil dries out. Stick your finger in and feel how dry the soil is before you water—it’s not always easy to tell by looking at it!
3. If you don’t want to deal with pet hair, don’t keep this plant around cats or dogs (they’ll chew on it).
4. If you want to keep your plant small and cute, take off any pieces that start growing too long, and re-plant them.
5. Don’t let your plant sit in standing water! Make sure the pot has holes in the bottom, and use a saucer underneath to catch any water that leaks out.