When it comes to keeping houseplants alive and healthy, many households face a lot of challenges. Perhaps, it is due to lack of knowledge to take care of the plants or lack of enough time to attend to them. As such, this article has some helpful tips on how to keep bring them back to life and ensure they are healthy at all times.
To begin with, you need to know your plant pretty well. It is true most plants come with tags, which explain the conditions they require. Most people ignore such tags and they end up giving their plants conditions they cannot survive in. It is, therefore, advisable to read the tag carefully in order to familiarize yourself with the requirements of that particular plant. You need to know how much water and sunlight it requires for it to survive. Note that some plants do not even need a lot of water or sunlight, so you need to know your plant very well so that you can give it what it requires in right amounts.
Next, you need to pay close attention to its appearance or look. Study the soil very well. If the soil is dry, keep watering until some drops emerge via the drainage holes. After doing that, only give the plant water when the soil dries up just to keep it moist. You should now start observing the new growth. Check whether the plant is producing leaves and shoots. If it is not, it probably needs a lighter fertilizer in order to restore the growth. If you notice new growth but leaves are thin and stretching towards the sun, then clearly the plant requires more sunlight. To have even growth, consider rotating your plants a quarter turn every week. Bear in mind also that stunted growth can be caused by too much fertilizer, so you may be expected to lower fertilization levels and see what happens.
Again, know the kind of water you have. If you are watering properly and your plant is not doing well, then there could be a problem with your water. In most cases, tap water contains excessive levels of chlorine, which is poisonous to most plants. You may consider using filtered water or rainwater. Alternatively, you can put tap water in a bucket and place it in the sun so that chlorine can evaporate leaving water that is safe for your plants.
Also, you need to check on your location. Know the climate of your area. Keep your plants away from cold and hot areas of your home. Keep them away from air conditioning systems. If the plants are in direct sunlight and leaves seem to dry, take them to a place that experiences indirect sunlight. You also need to check the home of your plant. Mostly these plants are grown in pots so ensure the soil is not so compacted to allow penetration of roots.
In addition, give your plants the love they need. Always ensure your plants are happy. You have to keep on checking for pests and dust buildup on the leaves. If you find pests, use the right pesticides to drive them away. If they are dusty, use soft piece of cloth to remove the debris on the leaves to make them breath well. Do not forget to prune regularly. Most of house plants require much pruning. The best time to do pruning is in the spring whereby you remove brown, yellow and dead leaves, as well as the stems.
To have healthy houseplants, you need to observe the above discussed tips. A houseplant that is taken good care of not only remains healthy but also lasts for the next several years.