Want to bring a little life to your indoor workspace or bedroom? Adding some plants can be a great way to boost your mental health and give your home a little natural elegance that never goes out of style.
But if you want to make sure your indoor plants grow healthily and look great, you’ll want to follow these five tips closely.
Water Plants Regularly (But Not Too Much!)
Even though they see them all the time, lots of houseplant owners constantly forget to water their flora! Don’t do this!
Instead, check on your houseplants every day and learn to recognize when they need a drink. But at the same time, don’t overwater your plants, as soaking wet soil can actually harm your plants in the long run. A good rule of thumb is to water your plants about once or twice per week unless otherwise stated by the plants’ instructions.
Consider Using Grow Lights
All plants need an adequate amount of light in order to grow and stay healthy. It can be tricky to make sure your indoor houseplants have enough light since the sun won’t shine on them all day. However, you can use alternative solutions to produce the same photosynthetic effect and help your plants grow healthily even if they live their entire lives indoors.
Grow lights can produce the ideal LED light spectrum for plants throughout all stages of growth. Just what is the ideal light spectrum for growing plants?
It depends on the plant and what stage of growth is currently in, but in general, peak photosynthetic efficiency occurs in both the red and blue light spectrums. In fact, this is why chlorophyll is green: it’s the wavelength of light that is used the least for photosynthesis!
You can install grow lights for all of your indoor plants since BIOS and other manufacturers now produce grow lights in many different sizes.
Place Plants in the Right Spots
However, you’ll also need to make sure that your plants are set up in the correct spots. Specifically, make sure you place your plants in spots with enough humidity and ventilation and that are at the right temperature.
The majority of houseplants thrive as long as the temperature is between 65° and 75°F during the day. Study the care instructions of any plant you bring into your home and keep this in mind when setting them up, accounting for whether an air vent is nearby or whether a particular spot gets a lot of direct sunlight and may be warmer than average.
Consider placing your plants:
- On window sills
- In corners
- On balconies – you can even make a balcony garden!
Always Choose a Suitable Pot
You can’t just pot a plant in any container! Instead, you need to make sure that a pot fits your plant’s material and size, and that it has the right drainage capacity.
This does mean that you may need to change pots from time to time if you want your plants to grow healthily. For example, if you try to start a plant in a pot that is too large, the plant roots won’t be able to absorb moisture correctly. A pot that’s too small will prevent a plant from getting adequate nutrients from soil, plus lead to water overflow.
Fertilize Your Plants Regularly
Healthy plants need more than just water and sunshine to grow to their greatest extent. You’ll also need to use regular fertilizer to supply vital nutrients to your plants.
Try to fertilize your houseplants about once per month regardless of whether they are flowering or growing. In the winter, when many plants enter a relatively static state, you can fertilize them once every couple of months or so instead.
This is just a general rule, however, and be sure to follow whatever specific instructions may be included with your plant’s instructions.