In this article am going to share three important tips on how to take care of your indoor plants. This is important as it goes along way to improve on your interior d©cor as well as ambience. Plants improve on the air circulation in your house. This makes it necessary to take of these important plants and flowers.
Once you notice that your plants leaves, which make them look lively, are small and pale, recorded slow growth and the stalks are long then usual and leaves are yellowing, it means that they are not getting enough light. Light is a crucial component for plants growth. For photosynthesis to take place light is very essential. Photosynthesis is simply the combination of light, water and carbon dioxide which break down into sugars and oxygen that we breathe. A little amount of sunlight is important though foliage plants need less light as compared to cacti and succulents which require plenty of light
Placing your plants near the window will improve on its growth and looks. Once in a while taking the plants out of your house to the garden for a few hours will do the trick for you. If when you walk into your house and eye pupil dilate and constrict, chances are that your plants are not getting enough light for them to remain healthy. There is need therefore to increase the light to the preferred levels.
The level of humidity is a vital contributor to the health of your plant. When you notice wilting, leaf drop, yellow edges and shrivelling, your plant is suffering from dry air and by increasing humidity, the plant health improves tremendously. Different rooms have different humidity levels with the bathroom and kitchen recording the highest level. Living and bedrooms are quite drier and hallways being the driest. During winter a heated room’s humidity can drop as much as in the Sahara desert. Dry conditions will make your plant loose more water than cold seasons. This can be checked using the time compost takes to dry; this show how dry around your plants and its leaves is.
To increase humidity all you need to do is misting using tepid water especially in the morning. Cold boiled water or rain water is recommended as it does not stain the plant leaves. This cools down indoor plants in summer and keeps away the spider mites. Putting together your plants in groups’ increases humidity around them as any evaporation from compost and leaves transpires to the plant benefit. This though may lead to fugal attack and care should be taken when grouping. Pebble try works well with high humidity tropical plants. Any non-soluble substance placed under the pot and water below the base level will work wonders.
When leaves start dropping off, they turn pale or the plant is experiencing slow and weak growth; your plant is hungry and needs food. Just like animals the plant becomes weak and prone to diseases and its clumsy looks will reflect on your house. Food for the plant at this stage is required to bring it back to life. There are several constituents of plant food which include Nitrogen (N) which is essential for green leaf growth, Potash (K20) for flowers and Phosphates (P205) for root growth and development.
The best time to feed your plant is when you notice that its condition is getting worse. Frequency is high during early growth. Newly re-potted plant might take longer before feeding. The best, depending on plant type, is feeding after every two to four weeks. Most feeds come with instructions and these need to be followed to the later. Make sure your plants are not sodden in water as this will affect their health.
Given the fragile nature of indoor plants, there are three ways of feeding them. Firstly, the slow feed release fertilizer works slowly by releasing nutrients in a calculated mode. Secondly, use of pellets and sticks is very convenient since all you need to do is push these into the top soil and the release is done over a month though the feed is not evenly distributed. The last and most popular is the liquid feed as it supplies food through the root system and equal feed is given and this equated with watering. Soluble powders are also available in this category.