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Getting the Most Out of Your Plants: The Basics of Plant Care

When it comes to keeping houseplants, many people feel like they’re challenging their green thumbs. It’s not as though they don’t want to keep their plants alive. In fact, most of us LOVE plants and would like to have more of them in our homes. The trouble is that caring for a houseplant can be a little bit tricky, especially if you have never done so before. To help you avoid killing your precious new friends, we have put together some great advice on how to care for your plants properly. Read on for some helpful tips and tricks…


Check the Light

When you first get your plants, check the lighting situation in your home. Some plants need more sunlight than others, so it is important to know what your current situation is. If you have an indoor plant that is getting too little light, you can use an artificial grow light to help it along. If your plant is getting too much light, you can try to find a way to shield it, or you can move it to a darker place. Plants that get too much light can have burned leaves or even start to wilt because they are getting too hot.


Watering Your Plants

It is important to water your plants when the soil is dry, but you should avoid over-watering them. The best rule of thumb is to water your plants when the soil has dried out. There is more to watering houseplants than just pouring water into the soil. Plants need oxygen to live, just like we do. If you just pour water into the soil, it will likely sit there. Instead, you should pour the water through the soil. You can do this by using a small watering can, or you can pour water into a watering bowl and place the pot in the bowl. Plants for trade


Plant Food and Fertilizer

Most plants will do just fine with a simple once-a-month watering. You can also feed your houseplants a natural fertilizer that can be found in most grocery stores. You can also make your own fertilizer using materials you probably have around your home. If you want to feed your plants with fertilizer, you have a couple of options. You could use a slow-release fertilizer that you mix into the soil. You can also use a water-soluble fertilizer that you water into the soil. Make sure that you follow the instructions on the fertilizer packaging so that you don’t overfeed your houseplants and kill them.


The Importance of Good Air Quality

When you water your plants, it releases some pollutants into the air. You can reduce these pollutants by using a fan while you are watering your plants. You should also make sure that there is enough air circulation in the room that your plants are in. You can do this by opening windows or using a fan. If you have plants that produce a lot of moisture, they can create an unhealthy environment in your home. Plants release carbon dioxide, humidity, fertilizer fumes, and ethylene gas. Air pollution from indoor plants can make you sick, especially if you have allergies. Luckily, there are things you can do to reduce pollution from indoor plants. You can place your plants in pots with holes, or you could place them near a window that gets good air circulation.


Frequently Asked Questions

What do I do if my plant starts wilting? If your plant is wilting and droopy, it could mean that it is getting too much water or not enough water. The most common reason for wilted plants is that the soil is too wet. You should try pouring the water out of the pot and letting the soil dry before watering again. If your plant is wilting but the soil isn’t wet, then it is either not getting enough water or it is getting too much water that isn’t draining out of the soil. You should water less frequently or use a different type of soil that drains better. What do I do if my plant is browning at the edges? If your plant is browning at the edges and looks like it is dying, it may have a disease. First, check if there are any pests on the plant. If there aren’t, you might want to get rid of the plant unless you are willing to try to save it. What do I do if my plant has spots on it? If your plant has spots on the leaves, it may have a disease. You can try to treat the disease with different kinds of sprays, but you might want to get rid of the plant if it doesn’t look like it will recover. If the spots don’t look like disease, your plant might be getting too much or not enough sun. Plants that are getting too little sun can develop white spots on their leaves, while plants that are getting too much sun can get brown spots.



Keeping houseplants has always been a nice way to add life to our living environments. While they do require a little extra attention, it is not such a difficult task! By following the advice in this article, you can be sure to provide your plants with proper care so they can thrive in your home.

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