Nervous About Plant Care?
You don’t have to be. Plants are beautiful, like your state of mind when you grow them. And we understand your interest and curiosity in these green fellows. But if thinking about plants makes you as lost as high-level calculus, we have a fix for that too. In the form of this strictly non-calculus post where we have listed all that you need to know when you are getting plants.
- Light needs
Plants need light to survive. But many plants are better off without full exposure. Since sunscreen for plants has not been created yet, place your plants according to its need for sunlight. Dieffenbachia likes bright to moderate sunlight but the monstera plant prefers it indoors in indirect sunlight.
Like the essential life force that water is, plants need to be watered according to its type and seasonal demands. Mostly twice or thrice a week watering is effective but the frequency of watering goes up in summers and low in winters. But wait for the plant to absorb the existing water content in the soil before you water it again. Overwatering makes the roots prone to rotting. For plants like ferns and Calathea, mist the plants to offer it humidity along with its usual watering requirements.
- Loosen the soil
If your plant is developing yellow leaves or not growing as it is supposed to, with a thin stick (like a straw or a chopstick), poke the soil before watering, all the way to the base of the planter. This increases airflow to the roots and improves the drainage of the soil.
Usually, when more than a year has passed when the plant has remained in the same planter, sad signs like roots growing out of drainage holes or slow growth in the plant gets obvious. These call for repotting. By that, we mean that the plant needs to be shifted to a different planter in a more-fertilized soil for better growth, more space and nutrition. Repotting ensures that the roots can absorb water and nutrients better and the plant does not get stunted.
- Bugs and Pests Attack
Not as dramatic as you think. It is common but it can be cured easily. Signs like yellow or curled up leaves or black growths in your plant means a fungus infestation or a bug infestation. The sure signs give away the cause, which can be then treated using home remedies like rubbing alcohol, neem soap etc.
Every plant has different needs and grows at a different pace, as you will find out in the descriptions of all plants that we have listed. That ranges from light, water, toxicity to pets and a lot more than you think! Do remember to give your plant some time to adapt itself to your home ( and to your affections). Fear not. You will look great together!