How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

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How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

How Not to Kill Your Houseplant: Survival Tips for the Horticulturally Challenged

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You might also consider terrariums for certain plants to keep them moist and humid, adds Martin, particularly if you travel for work. Luckily, though, there are only a few key care categories to incorporate into your plantiful lifestyle. Follow quick tips to understand what your plant does and doesn't like: how much light, water, food, heat, and humidity.

Learn to spot the danger signs and how to rescue an unhealthy plant, and follow easy advice to pick the top plants for your bathroom, cold rooms, desk, and windowsill to create your own indoor oasis. This new edition of Propagating Plants contains hundreds of step-by-step tutorials making it your go-to guide for clear and instructive propagation advice. Our team of dedicated Plant Gurus take pride in carefully hand-picking each plant and are always on hand to share their knowledge of plants and how to care for them. Place your plants in a shallow bowl of water and leave them for around 1-2 hours, allowing the plant to soak up the water it needs. We picked out some of the most common houseplant mistakes to help get your indoor garden back on track.Full of helpful tips, pictures, and informational panels, How Not to Kill Your Houseplant will turn your home into a beautiful greenhouse of healthy, happy plants.

Succulents and cacti need very little water (too much can give them wet feet and soggy roots), while aloe needs a bit more, and the Heart leaf Philodendron likes to dry out a little and then be completely drenched. Horticulturist Tovah Martin recommends that plant newbies consider starting out with a class of plants that she terms “indestructibles” — plants like the spider plant, the ZZ plant, and yes, the dracaena. The Moth Orchid (Phalaenopsis) or African Violet (Saint Paulia) live well in a warm atmosphere out of direct sunlight – and do best watered sparingly. Air Plants, Cacti, Sansevieria and the ZZ Plants are just a few that will be happy with infrequent watering.Be warned that most plants don’t like sitting right next to radiators, Guy Barter, from the Royal Horticultural Society, says. Stop being a feeder and start being a carer by reading the back of the fertiliser bottle or box and understand how much you need to be giving your plant. Turns out I was clueless about what plants need to survive, and the little care cards that come with your plant at Home Depot just aren't good enough. Perhaps the temperature has got really warm without you noticing, or you've gone on holiday and the houseplant sitter has messed up.

Notice or treat the problem too late and everything might be lost if the infestation has taken hold or spread to surrounding plants. Keeping a living creature alive in such a hostile environment as your apartment can seem impossible, but follow a few simple steps and you're on your way to turning your home into a bonafide greenhouse. Yellowed leaves, drooping leaves, dried leaves, learn to spot the danger signs and how to take the proper action to rescue your sick plant. My nana told me to cut off the brown spots at the edges of the leaves, and it made a huge difference. Patch Plants can deliver all kinds of greenery, from a shiny-leaf Swiss cheese plant to a low-maintenance corn plant.Every plant requires a different care regimen — running the gamut from every-other-day maintenance to once-monthly check-ins — and the answers to those Plant Person Questions can point you to which plants are right for your lifestyle. I watered them daily, played Michael Bublé, and turns out that’s a great way to assassinate your houseplant. As these charges are the responsibility of the recipient, please check the customs service in your destination country to see if charges are applicable. However this is still one of those random rare things that should only happen by accident, perhaps a one time overdose, for example, you didn't dilute the concentration and accidentally poured it into the soil neat.

A string of ill-fated plant purchases might even make you wonder if you’re fit to take care of houseplants at all. Assign your most sun-loving plants to your most generous windows, and don’t be afraid to relocate them from time to time to keep them nourished and happy. There is not a single reason why you should overfeed a houseplant unless your intentions are on the wicked side.

And now, as our time spent outside in nature is currently limited, for those without gardens the health benefits of being surrounded by greenery have never been more important. Enter your information below and get instant access to my FREE downloadable resource and take action on your goals today! Over the last 20 years, Tom has successfully owned hundreds of houseplants and is always happy to share knowledge and lend his horticulture skills to those in need.

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