Tips For Indoor Houseplants

Recent research which supports houseplants ability to clean the air better than some electronic air purifiers has caused an increase in houseplant ownership. More and more people are discovering that house plants do more than beautify a room, they actually bring about considerable health benefits. Houseplants, like any living thing, need special care in order to survive and thrive. Use these tips for houseplants to make the most of your plant ownership.

Watering Tips for Houseplants

Keeping plants watered while you’re away can be a problem if there is no one around to water them Here are some easy ways to keep your houseplants from drying out while you’re gone:

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Tip #1 Soak some sphagnum moss with water and place it on the soil of the pot right after watering. You can buy moss at plant stores, florist, and garden centers inside home improvement stores.

Tip #2 Water the plants well and place a large clear storage bag over each plant. Poke several holes in the bag, and secure the bag to the pot using rubber bands. If necessary use a stick to prop up the bag so it doesn’t touch the greenery. This mini-greenhouse will trap moisture before it evaporates into the air.

Making Sure Houseplants Have Adequate Light

if you’re wondering if there is enough light to support a plant ask yourself if there is enough light to read by. If there isn’t enough light to read a book then there isn’t enough light for a plant to survive. If the room in which you’d like to have a plant doesn’t seem to have enough light to support a growing plant that doesn’t mean it can’t stop by for a visit to enhance the room some of the time. Put the desired plant in room and leave it there until it starts to droop, then move to sunnier spot and let another plant take a turn. Rotate the plants every month. An easy way to increase light in a room is by placing a mirror behind the plant. The mirror will reflect the light in the room, giving the plant more essential light.

Humidity and Houseplants

If you live in a dry climate it can be hard to keep plants which have humidity requirements. one way to provide for them is to get a tray (like the ones that snap onto the bottom of window boxes) and place enough small pebbles to cover the bottom. Add enough water to almost cover the pebbles. Put the plant pots on top of the pebbles. As the water evaporates the plants will get the humidity they need.

Bugs on Plants

Bugs needn’t be a problem on your houseplants if you mist them with one of these surefire natural bug remedies: Spray the bugs with ice water mixed with skim milk or beer (1 quart cold water to 2 T milk or beer). Often this simple remedy will get rid of the bugs without the use of pesticides. Alternatively, crush a clove of garlic and put it in a half gallon of water, let sit for at least 2 hours, then strain out the garlic. Pour the garlic “tea” into a spray bottle and mist the plants every few days.

Plant Food the Easy Way

Feeding house plants the nutrients they require is super easy when you use plant spikes. Plant spikes are special fertilizer sticks which are simply poked into the plant’s soil once every few months. They deliver the exact amount of nutrients houseplants need without any measuring, mixing, or timing the fertilizer application.

Houseplants can bring natural beauty, cleaner air, and a calming ambiance to any room. By using these simple tips, your houseplants will be around to bring you their benefits for years to come.

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Author: Sarah V. Morris
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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