All About Houseplants

Growing plants isn’t just confined to the summer season. Bring the garden indoors during the winter with houseplants. Even if you have a small space, there is a houseplant that will be perfect to add to your home.

Houseplant Care Tips

Watering

  • Most houseplants suffer from too much water rather than too little. Different varieties need different amounts of water but, when in doubt, keep houseplants on the dry side
  • When watering, water thoroughly, letting a little water drain out the bottom of the pot. Place a saucer under the pot to catch extra water.
  • Wait until the top ½” – 1” of soil is dry or the pot feels light before watering again.
  • Don’t let houseplant sit in water, this can suffocate the roots.
  • Fungus gnats (small, flying insects that resemble fruit flies) are often a sign of overwatering.

Environment

  • Different plants require different amounts of light, you may see these descriptions for light requirements:  high light (6 or more hours of light per day), medium light (4-6 hours of light per day), low light (3 hours or less of light per day).
  • Because many houseplants come from tropical areas, they need to be protected from cold temperatures and drafts. Keep in a room that is 55° F or above.
  • Rotate the pot ¼ turn each time you water to keep the growth even.

Maintenance

  • Fertilize houseplants in the spring and summer when they are actively growing.
  • Plants can be pruned to maintain their size; this is best to do in the fall.
  • Remove dust from the leaves with a soft cloth or rinse off in the shower.
  • If the roots are circling the inside of the pot, it’s time to replant. Move to a slightly larger pot using fresh, lightweight potting soil. You can also trim off some of the roots and repot in the same pot using fresh soil.
  • Watch for aphids and spider mites, spray with water and treat with insecticidal soap if needed.

Benefits of Houseplants

  • Improves mood, houseplants lessen worry and anxiety.
  • Fewer sick days in offices with houseplants.
  • Boosts indoor humidity in winter and adds oxygen to indoor air.
  • Some varieties can remove toxins from the air.
  • Help with loneliness & depression, giving people purpose by caring for a living thing.

Best Houseplants for Beginners

  • Snake Plants
  • Spider Plants
  • Succulents
  • Pothos
  • Philodendron
  • Dracaena
  • Parlor Palm
  • Peace Lily
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