Houseplants, though beautiful to have around your home, can prove to be harder to keep alive than outdoor plants. The basic biology applies to all plants; they need water, sunlight, and nutrients to survive. Each plant, however, requires a variation of these and if you’re getting a houseplant, make sure to research what your plants need and in what measure. These plants need more care- one day they could be green and blossoming, and the next leaves are dropping off, and you’re left dealing with spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs.
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With indoor plants, regular fertilizing is essential to maintain healthy growth. What is required is that you add the fertilizer to your watering can. Any great all-purpose fertilizer works. A general rule for fertilizer use is to fertilize a plant for nine months straight and let it ‘rest’ for the remaining months of the year.
Plants need constant watering- periods of flood and drought don’t work well for plants. What they need is to have the roots consistently moist, not wet. It, however, depends on the plant; some plants ought to be dry for a given period to mimic their natural environment. Each new plants come with a care label, and if it doesn’t consult a trusted indoor plant book. These should help determine a watering routine fit for the plant.
A plant attacked by pests can quickly spread to other plants. The first line of defense is to inspect a plant for pets before buying it. If you have other plants in the house already, isolate the new one for a few weeks just to be sure. Each time you water it, inspect both sides of the leaves. If it checks off, you can place it next to your other plants. Should you spot anything, keep it separate until you can determine the problem and treat it.
Neem Oil Spray
This multipurpose natural pest control is the go-to spray for every gardener. It works on a variety of pests including flea beetles, earwigs, aphids, and mites. Neem oil also controls powdery mildew. It is also safe to use both indoors and outdoors.
Wash the leaves of the plants several times in a year. The accumulated dust and grime is not only an eyesore but also not healthy for the plant as it clogs the pores. That makes it hard for the plant to perspire. It also doesn’t allow the leaves to receive direct sunlight, causing it to wither given photosynthesis isn’t occurring. You also want to clean the leaves to prevent attracting pests. Use a moist, soft cloth and insecticidal soap and lukewarm water. Run plants with smaller leaves under a showerhead. Feather dusters shouldn’t be used as they can transfer insects or eggs from one plant to another.