Before purchasing a house plant, it is necessary to learn the basic needs of these green organisms. To maintain a proper level of care after indoor vegetation, one should consider the minimum requirements that must be fulfilled on a daily basis.
In general, any houseplant should be provided with sufficient light, water, humidity, and nutrients. Water is an essential, but there is a delicate balance between just enough, too little and too much. Overwatering your house plants can cause root rot and other problems with your house plant.
Watering Your House Plant
Every type of house plant, whether it’s a succulent or blossoming house plant the demand for watering is different. Getting the watering right is a crucial part of indoor plant care. All vegetation is dependent on water, which offers the plants necessary moisture and protects them from dehydration.
To properly care for your house plant, a plant parent should frequently provide the plant with room-temperature soft water, maintaining a balance between dehydration and dampness. Usually, more water is required during growing periods, between spring and autumn.
Just like a growing kid eats a lot, your plant will consume more water and nutrients when it’s growing. That being said, winter generally requires less watering, as house plants are growing less and often times even dormant.
How to Water Your House Plant
The easiest way to water a house plant (minus cactus or succulent) is by using your kitchen sink, or bathroom shower/tub! You are going to want to ensure your house plant is potted in a pot with a hole in the bottom. this will allow excess water to drain through the plant and out of the bottom.
It is ineffective to use enough or not enough criteria because it does not make any quantitative sense. It is crucial to emphasize that plant water nutrition should be systematic. In other words, the individual must develop the habit of watering the plants periodically, but this should not happen every day.
When watering plants, it is essential to consider their appearance. The plant will signal if it does not have enough water or, conversely, too much. These signals will be the dryness of the leaves, the overall color of the plant, and the moisture of the soil.
A great tool is to test this with a finger or wooden stick by placing that about an inch deep into the loose soil. If the finger/stick turns out to be dry, this signals the need to apply additional moisture.
House Plant Humidity
One overlooked component of watering, is the humidity level in a room or environment. An appropriate level of humidity is imperative to keep a luscious environment for your indoor house plants. Although many beginners miss the importance of this aspect, it should be given careful consideration, as some species can be exceptionally demanding in this area.
Most common types of house plants require a percentage of humidity between 40% to 50%, which is higher than the humidity of most ordinary indoor environments.
Sustaining the necessary humidity level for your house plant is not as challenging as it seems, as many contemporary solutions are available and vary significantly. Such simple options as wet pebbles in the plant trays and spraying containers can be used to establish the needed environment.
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