As our lives are slowly changing, we are opening up to the idea of bringing our plants indoors. They don’t just make for a great air purifier, and an excellent decoration for living areas, but also give a great company. Attending to their dose of sunlight and water can keep us engaged in the middle of other household chores, and watching them grow in degrees can be a great incentive in itself.
But amidst it all, we tend to set aside the natural needs of our houseplants. We all know the kind of environment a plant needs for its healthy growth, but when an activity gets too methodical, we stop paying attention. Whatever the reason of our negligence may be, it is important to stick to the right method for everything related to gardening. If the plants aren’t treated right how Mother Nature wants them to be, they may wilt. That will negate the very purpose of having any indoor plantations.
Here’s a list of things you must be cautious about, to have a healthy houseplant growth in your home…
Watering all your plants in one go may look fancy on screen, but ask a gardener, and they would discard it. Why? Because that’s not how they roll! Every plant has its own specific requirement and asks for a specific frequency to be followed. The pattern of watering them at the same time everyday may never do them any good if it isn’t done the right way. Also, if you’re going away for a few days and think over-watering your plants could make up for your absence, it is another wrong move. Don’t forget, they need air too. Clogging the soil with water will block the path for air. And if you want some quick tip, use pasta water for some days. See how your plants thank you for it!
The water that you so generously pour into the soil every day is a tonic for roots and stems. But the leaves need just a little misting every second day, and that much moisture is good to go! Make sure that you maintain a similar level of humidity around your houseplants, and you’d be doing them a huge favour. Any less, and the leaves may wilt, and you’d be left wondering where you missed out at caring for them.
The modern-day pots have done great at caring for your plants. They now come with holes at the bottom to give ample drainage to your water. But that is not all! There is no replacement for human effort and wisdom. Always remember, most plants like their ankles dry and feet wet. Now wondering how you do that? Fetch some rocks and drainage material, and put them at the bottom of your pot. The excess water will sieve through the soil and settle amidst the rocks. That will prevent the roots from rotting. Genius!
- Window check
It is very important to know which windows (or other inlets of natural light) you wish to work around. Do not forget to take into consideration that the sun transits from east to west, thus casting its direct light in a specific pattern. Your plants must be placed accordingly, and for a sensible duration of daytime. The next step is to fetch the plants that do well in that much light. If you feel it is too much of a mind-work for you, don’t hesitate to take guidance from a gardener.
There is, of course, no way out but to move the pots if you’re shifting homes. And if nothing else, you may wish to rearrange your pots to get that tinge of newness. But the plants are quite ‘old-school’ in that context. They don’t adapt very quickly to such ‘cultural shocks’ you bring their way. They like growing as and where they are. So it is advisable that unless necessary, give them their favourite setting of light and location, and let them be.
This was our list of things you may be doing on a whim, but harming your plants in the long run. Stick to the good practices, and show them some love. Because when plants love back, lives do get better!