How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

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How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

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Keeping houseplants alive and healthy requires a bit of knowledge and effort, but the rewards are well worth it. Bathrooms, cold rooms, at a desk, on a windowsill, or in a gloomy corner or hot suntrap—there are plants for every location to create your own indoor oasis. This was an excellent book for anyone who enjoys houseplants or plants in general, who want to keep them alive. Don’t be afraid to start with an “easier” plant, like a succulent, lavender, aloe, cacti, spider plant, or my fave easy plant, the Heart leaf Philodendron. Follow the survival tips outlined in this book and you'll be on your way to having your home brimming with green life.

Our water in Tucson is extremely hard, so when I switched to Berkey filtered water for the leaves, the plants started to look much healthier. Though plant care can be a doddle to some, it’s best to check the exact needs of your plant and guarantee you mimic their ideal living conditions to allow them to thrive! London Terrariums is currently running weekly step-by-step sessions on Instagram Live on how to create your own miniature garden, from choosing between different types of moss to potting and pruning techniques. They also give houseplants a bad, and undeserved reputation by making them appear like dirty and unclean things, crawling with bugs or mites. I recently acquired some house plants, including Dieffenbachia (Dumb Cane), Phalaenopsis (Orchids) and Spathiphyllum (Peace Lily).Understand how much light, water, heat, and humidity your plant needs with quick tips on what your houseplant does and doesn't like. Every plant requires a different care regimen — running the gamut from every-other-day maintenance to once-monthly check-ins — and the answers to those Plant Person Questions can point you to which plants are right for your lifestyle. Even if you never use fertiliser as long as you repot once every couple of years your plant will survive, so the potential to cause damage by overfeeding is massively more probable. It not only has care instructions for most houseplants but gives ideas of what and where different plants thrive. One you're the type of person who will openly admit to being oblivious to the parched plants around you.

There are so many advantages to having indoor houseplants in your space including benefits to your wellbeing, adding colour and style to your home, regulating humidity levels and adding fresh oxygen to your surroundings. Follow quick tips to understand what your plant does and doesn't like: how much light, water, food, heat, and humidity. This practical guide to raising indoor plants equips you with the know-how you need to care for your plants. Go on, share your horror stories in the comments below and make our other readers feel a little bit better! Making sure your plant gets enough light during the winter is especially tough with shorter day hours, so choose the sunniest room in your house to house your plant.Horticulturist Tovah Martin recommends that plant newbies consider starting out with a class of plants that she terms “indestructibles” — plants like the spider plant, the ZZ plant, and yes, the dracaena. Notice or treat the problem too late and everything might be lost if the infestation has taken hold or spread to surrounding plants. I found thrips on one of my houseplants, really need to get rid otherwise it will spread to the other plants and they might die. This is your guide to every stage of plant parenting for beginners, from identifying exactly what’s in the pot to keeping it in check when it grows too well!

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