5 Indoor Plants Mistakes
Indoor plants bring livelihood to our house’s otherwise insentient landscape, with an added beauty factor. Many people find them as their source of happiness and joy by ensuring their health and growth.
Let’s be a little honest with ourselves.
Being a plant enthusiastic and fanatic, I often hear people’s misfortune stories regarding their green companions. Most of us purchase those beauties because of their attraction, while we often tend to overlook fundamentals regarding plant care. It too late; we realize and go through a heartbreaking moment when our plants are in distress. You are not alone if your plants are evolving into dark colors or adopting a saggy look.
To begin with, I believe myself is to be blamed for, and second comes my lack of knowledge on how to resolve this dilemma. There is no bespoke drill equation to keep your plants happy and healthy, but a few pit-falls which are often encountered can help you. So here are a few mixed up and debunked mistakes that appear regularly:
#1: Over the top or under watering
Due to our busy schedule, many of us find it hard to recall our scheduled time to water our plants. A few hardier ones can survive longer, even when they do not receive their usual watering care. However, the sensitive ones go through a traumatic phase, which results in stunted growth. So what can you do about it? Well, to make it a habit, set a reminder on your cell phone or mark your calendars with a big red pen as your “watering day.” Secondly, make sure to provide them a soil check and keep in mind the calculated amount of water preference that each plant requires because if not done so, it can lead to over flooded water intake by the plant, which can have adverse effects rather than benefiting them.
Yes, you heard it right, there does exist a phenomenon of over watering your plants. Every plant is unique and has different requirements, for instance, for individual plants, the soil needs to be dried to touch before it receives any water intake (sometimes two to four inches of the soil needs to be drained). Other plants, like Ferns, demand a moist environment all the time. To resolve this, purchase a ‘watering meter’ from a nearby gardening tool store. This way you can easily judge the depth and condition of your soil to ensure no harm to your beloved plant.
Over watering can cause a ‘root rot.’ It happens when the plant receives an increased amount of water, it does not get drained, but instead, the plant roots sit with it which in return damages those roots. To prevent this, you need to dig a hole in your plant pot to build a drainage layer for the water to be drained out at ease.
Once you are familiar with the watering measurements, it will be easier for you to provide care for them.
#2: Forgetting to Fertilize
Science suggests that plants are entirely self-sufficient that is a naturally occurring phenomenon that allows plants to survive on their potential via nutrients that are present in the soil beforehand. But why let them survive when they are meant to thrive? You need to pamper your plants with fertilizers as it is their essential food need. Yes, just like you feed yourself apples for nourishment, the same way, plants require their nutrients via fertilizers.
The correct time to fertilize them is the growing season, that is, in Spring or Summer and cease the process during the winter months. You can always pick up gardening books or consult a gardener to educate yourself about a plant’s specific needs regarding fertilizing: how to feed them? How often should the process take place, and what quality of fertilizers shall be used? Make sure you do not over-feed your plants else it will lead to a “burn” primarily if the wrong type of fertilizer is used.
#3: Too much of direct sunlight
People nowadays are entirely unaware of sunlight requirements for an indoor plant, which is one of the significant reasons that destroy these vibrant beings. A generalized concept is established that dictates a more considerable amount of light exposure is healthy for plants – well, you would be disappointed to hear that this theory is entirely wrong.
Although light is an essential element for plants, too much of it should be avoided, especially if it’s a direct exposure as most species do not possess a high tolerance for direct sunlight except for a few cases like succulent plants or the excellent desert plant namely, Cacti. The reason being, the harshness of the direct sunlight subjection. Many species prefer indirect sunlight approach as it is softer for them. Subsequently, certain species do not demand light as much!
To resolve this dangling misadventure, the best therapeutic therapy is to place your plant near a glass window. This would significantly add to its cure as bright shining sunlight is easily reflected via a wall or diffuse between veils; hence, resulting in indirect light. In fact, you can always make some space for your plants in your bathroom, where the light conditions are quite dim.
#4: Neglecting your plants’ hygiene
Just like we clean our houses and ensure personal health, our delicate plants also require a healthy hygienic practice. Although many indoor plants have high survival rates inside, no plant is honestly an “indoor” one. As plant lovers, we often tend to forget the same natural environment and treatment that they would receive while being outside – you got the hint didn’t you? Yes, just like the rain and the wind swipe clean their leaves clear, we should also try to replicate the same procedure by manually dusting the lush green leaves of our plants. This allows them to soak up sunlight at a better rate while also preventing them from any pest infestations. To discourage any pests, you should clean out any dead foliage that is present – this gives you plant a refreshing glossy look.
#5: Poor Plant Placement
Your personal designing preference can be quite tempting, but it should not be a dictating factor for the placement for your plants. Remember, your plant needs should be your foremost priority if you want them to thrive and remain healthy. Placing them in the wrong position can adversely affect them by either making them pale (due to insufficient light), scraggly, or even result in scorched leaves (due to excessive sunlight exposure). Some suffer if when a cold window leaves them. Optimum temperatures are one of the basic needs of a plant to prosper. Research upon the plant you purchase, via books or the internet, and then struggle to find the perfect spot which you believe will accompany the plant according to its needs.
Well, that’s about it. These are a few basic everyday horticulture principles that we often tend to overlook and how to avoid them. Now that you are well versed with the knowledge of what can happen, it is time for you to rectify them so that you can provide a healthy and productive environment for your indoor plants. I believe that struggling plants not only dim your house’s appearance but also drag down your mood. So learn from your mistakes and make a fresh start to make your living better!