We all (does anybody disagree?) like having plants in our homes. Maybe because they bring color to the house, because they complete the design, improve the air quality or perhaps you are a huge nature lover. One thing is for sure: plants bring joy. Except… for the moment when you them drying or having yellow leaves or go limp. That moment is heart-breaking.
So let’s review the most common mistakes people make with indoor plants.
- Not knowing what you buy
It’s a must to buy plants with labels. If you don’t know the name and core instructions of a plant, you don’t give it any chance to survive.
- Not giving the plants the light and sun they need
Do not forget each plant needs specific environmental conditions. Putting a plant where you think it looks good, without taking into consideration how much sun and light it needs is a big mistake. If you put it into direct sunlight, it probably won’t survive. If you put it in a place where sunbeams don’t reach with their life-giving magic, your plant’s life is again in danger.
- Putting them in the wrong place
Like the radiator, for example. Yes, it is recommended for most plants to be next to the window, but find a way to do it wisely. If you have a radiator nearby, the constant heat will dry your plant.
- Too much water or too little water
As I was saying earlier, you need to know what each plant needs.
While cacti and succulent plant prefer dry soil (they need water every 2-3 weeks even 4 weeks), flower plants need to be watered more often (every 2 days or 4-5 days, depending on the environmental conditions and type of plant). So read the instructions carefully and take care of the plant accordingly. Please see more about growing essentials here.
- Not checking the roots
So you bring the plant home and you move it to the proper pot with the proper soil. For the next few months, all you need to do is water it and groom it. See more about maintenance here. But do not forget to check the roots, as they are constantly growing and might not have enough space in the pot. If this happens and you do not move the plant to a bigger pot, the root dies and then the leaves fall ill. Of course, take care to move the plant in its recommended period – usually in autumn or spring, but each plant is different.