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Meta Description: Want to know how you can keep your plants healthy and gorgeous? We have some tips that can genuinely help you believe that you don't need a green thumb to grow plants!
We understand you walk into a plant store, fall in love with that lush and beautiful plant, and end up bringing it home. Weeks later, you might seem to think that your houseplant looks sad, and you have no clue about it. Well, we might have some of the best ways to keep your houseplants healthy and happy.
Most of us lose one or two houseplants in our excitement while bringing the lush greenery into our homes. It's alright, but make sure you learn from that last leaf. You're out on a parenthood journey, and we are here to help. While we may not cover every plant's specific needs and details, but let us get you started with a strong foundation for now.
The first thing you must figure out is the type of lightening you have. The intensity includes mild to moderate and depends on various reasons, like the time of the year or your windows' direction.
Direct sunlight creates a straight line on your plant, whereas indirect sunlight diffuses by clouds, trees, or curtains. Plants like cactuses and succulents require direct light, while most house plants do well in medium or bright light, which transmits to them indirectly. However, plants such as pothos, philodendrons, ZZ plants, and snake plants tolerate low light.
Plants require a balance of air, water, and nutrients to survive, along with the right soil mix that has pores that preserve suitable spaces for air to get into the bottom. When soil does not have proper drainage, and you overwater – you risk the plant's contracting root rot. The plant will practically drown, and fungus will end up taking hold in the roots. If you want to see this for yourself, you may gently lift the plant out of its pot and take a look at the roots.
Word of advice? Make sure you check it when the soil is dry.
We're sure you know this; overwatering is one of the most common ways people kill their plants. So how do you know when to give your plant a drink?
The simplest way to do it is the finger test. Just stick your finger a couple of inches into the soil and try feeling if it is moist. Since different indoor plants have different requirements, a general guideline is to water when the top 2 inches of the soil is dry. You can even buy a moisture meter from any reputable website or visit your nearest garden center to be extra cautious.
With these tips in mind, you know that you don't need a green thumb to grow plants!