Houseplants are a growing trends amoungst millennials – and there’s a reason why. In an increasingly urbanized society, we crave green and nature in our lives. As human beings, we find any resource which makes us feel closer to nature, like keeping pets, escaping on ocean vacations, and yes, keeping houseplants too!
So with the growing plant obsession in our culture, there is a growing need for instruction on how to keep these things alive. Here is a step by step tutorial on how to keep happy, healthy houseplants!
- Taking Home Your Plant
If you find a plant in a nursery or store which catches your eye, you might bring it home and realize it’s a little unhealthy. In the store, examine your plant. Does the soil look healthy? Are the leaves deadening or are they bright and sprouting? If your plant looks healthy, take it home where you can examine it further.
At home, take the plant out of the pot and take a look at the roots. Are they all wound around the soil and protruding? That means it’s time for a bigger pot – unless it’s wintertime, in which case, re-pot the plant when spring comes around.
The other essential for bringing your plant home is finding a place to put it. You will need to conduct a Google search of the name of your plant, or go to YouTube and find advice about the kind of light your plant needs to thrive.
- Humidity and water
One common mistake for houseplant beginners is to over-water your plants. Resist! Most houseplants, apart from peace lilies and other high moisture plants, like to dry out between waterings. You will need to water your plant approximately once a week in the growing season, and around every ten days in the winter.
Similarly, if your houseplant has tropical origins, you will need to monitor the humidity in your home. Purchasing a humidity monitor to place in the room with your tropical plants helps determine how to best provide them with moisture, if you need to. Get a spray bottle and spritz your plants’ leaves every day to keep them happy and moist.
- Feeding, Propagating and Pruning Tips
‘Feeding? What do you mean, feeding?’ That’s right, it’s not just the kids and the dog you can feed, but also your plants too. You can feed your plants diluted fertiliser in liquid form, poured over in the watering process. Other ways to feed your plants are with worm castings which are sprinkled into the soil.
Pruning your plants is fun – don’t be shy! Just like your hair and nails, plants benefit from a healthy chop or trim every once in a while. It helps them push out new growth. Use your cuttings to propagate brand new plants by placing the cuttings in water to grow roots for six weeks. After they’ve pushed out some healthy little roots, you can pot them in soil, and gift them to a friend or leave them in your home as a new addition!