The Ultimate Guide To Indoor House Plants: The Best Care Tips, Tricks, and Ideas
I’ve got to tell you, keeping houseplants alive is a journey. You’ve got to get used to watering, feeding, and pruning. And remember, you’ll make mistakes. But the payoff is incredible: One of the most unique and relaxing places on Earth is a home filled with living things. Give the green thumb a try and let’s see how your plant’s living landscape brings a bit of zen to your home.
Three simple houseplant care rules
My top three houseplant-care rules are as follows:
You should always water indoor plants at least once a day. “I mean, for a really good reason: Plants need water to live,” Alex Schueren says.
Plants need water to live,” Alex Schueren says. You should only put your houseplants in bright light.
They need bright light. Don’t get sloppy with watering. Alex says “water as you would for your dog: Using a cup of water, place it at eye level in the pot, and make sure the water doesn’t stand out. It’s really hard to over- or under-water a plant.”
Diseased indoor houseplants
Sometimes, even the best houseplants get ill. Before you freak out, I’m talking about common bugs and diseases like scale and aphids.
Invest in a beautiful growing medium. Evergreen, cactus, bamboo, and terracotta are great options that are less acidic and have more oxygen to draw the nutrients from your soil and help keep your plants healthy. But don’t let color or cutting-edge textures stop you from growing a beautiful plant. As I mentioned before, I made a corner of my living room alive with peace signs, pink bonsai, and calming greens, and I can’t imagine my home without them.
Choose your location wisely. I know people who put plants on top of heat registers and other high places where they will dry out or get damaged easily. But for those with trouble killing plants, I would recommend a plant on the floor, on a window sill, or in a corner away from the air flow.
You start out with a great little plant. Now, unfortunately, you don’t know what you’re doing. I bet the poor thing had a better life before you found it and brought it home. It’s now living in your stress bucket of a home and you’re just adding more work to an already stressful day. My advice: Take a step back. Take a deep breath. Relax. Listen to the plant. When it tells you something needs to be done, listen and do it. Or, it’ll wait until it’s told something else needs to be done.
You bought it because you wanted to help the environment. But you’re not watering it.
The best way to get your houseplants to thrive is to keep them watered. There are people who swear by live soil (a mixture of a substrate and growing medium) or hanging baskets for keeping plants alive.
Ideas for adding to your living landscape
You can easily change the look of your home with plants, whether they’re succulents, a fern, or something that’s hardy and native to your area.
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Incorporating flowering plants into your living landscape can add a dramatic touch, adding a splash of color and life. Japanese maples are good candidates for this.
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Ferns are among the hardiest and fastest growing plants. Pothos is one of the best indoor house plants for this and with several types of ferns, you can customize each one to your liking.
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Soothing colors are in this season so I’m into cacti and succulents, both of which are best left in the shade.