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Easy Tips On How To Care For Your House Plants

Updated on April 9, 2012
This Snake Plant needs to be put into a much larger pot or container.
This Snake Plant needs to be put into a much larger pot or container.
Jelly Bean Plant
Jelly Bean Plant
A skylight provides sunlight for these plants.
A skylight provides sunlight for these plants.
Some house plants can get quite large.
Some house plants can get quite large.
Dwarf Jade Plant
Dwarf Jade Plant
Cyclamen Plant
Cyclamen Plant
Asparagus Fern
Asparagus Fern
Begonia Plants
Begonia Plants
Spider Plants
Spider Plants

Easy Tips On How To Care For Your House Plants

Many people think that they kill every house plant they come into contact with or they fear they don't know how to care for their house plants. You really can have beautiful house plants. And here are a few tips to insure your success with house plants.

1. Do you know the number one reason that houseplants die? As hard as it may be for you to believe over watering is the number one thing that kills houseplants. Quite often looks can be deceptive so you need to do the finger test on the soil your house plant is planted in to see if it does or does not need watering. You want to insert your index finger into the soil up to your first knuckle. If the soil feels moist you don't need to water that particular plant.

2. Feeding your houseplants is very important. Plants with lots of foliage need high amounts of nitrogen. Flowering plants need K20. If you buy a house plant at a store like Wal-Mart or Kmart that plant is most likely going to need to have its pot changed. They are often planted in soil that really isn't good for the plant and often in pots that are far to small.

You need a pot or container at least twice as big as the plant originally came in and you should buy a good potting soil like the Miracle Grow House Plant Potting Soil. If you have it available you can put about 3-4 inches of well rotted compost in the bottom of the pot. Then hold your house plant carefully and fill in around it with your potting soil being sure to firmly pack the soil around the house plant in its new pot. Water it well and leave it along for a few days to get used to its new larger pot or container. Ask in the garden section for a good general purpose plant food and follow the directions on the package carefully.

One other important thing to check on is to do some research on the internet and see if your new house plant needs full sun, partial shade or etc. Learn everything you can about your particular type of plant so you will know if your particular type of plant has any special needs.

3. Again you need to do adequate research about any particular house plant you have so that you will know where your house plant needs to be placed. Does the plant need full sun, partial sun, or can it grow in a shaded area. The more you know about your plant or plants the more successful you will be with keeping them alive and beautiful.

4. While your doing your research you need to know what temperature your particular house plant needs to be kept at. Also be aware that drastic changes in temperature can kill your houseplants. Let me give you an example here. If you have a house plant that loves warm places don't put it near an air conditioner in the summer time. If you do you will kill it. If your going to keep and take care of houseplants keep a good detailed journal so you can keep good track of the particular needs of each of your houseplants.

5. Some houseplants need a high rate of humidity. These plants will often do well in the bathroom or in a kitchen window. Again I can not stress enough that you need to do plenty of research on your particular houseplants. That way you will know if your particular houseplant needs to be in an area of high humidity. You also have some plants that need you to mist with water. Venus Fly traps are one of these.

6. You need to learn when to re-pot your houseplants. If you check your plant and most of the container it is planted in is full of roots it needs to be changed into a larger pot. And I would go ahead and put it into a large enough pot or container so it won't have to be changed again for a long time.

7. Some plants will need to have a plant light especially in the wintertime. Again you will need to do research to find this out.

You need to keep a journal and make careful notes about your houseplant or houseplants. You should keep careful detailed notes so you can refer back to them any time you need to. You shouldn't have problems with pests on your houseplants unless you bring a plant in from outside that is already infested with some type of pests or a disease.

Use real care when you bring new houseplants into your home. If something looks off about it keep it in an outdoor building or in the garage until you know it is okay and pest and disease free.

The Venus Fly Trap is a carnivorous plant that eats insects. The plant is native to North Carolina.
The Venus Fly Trap is a carnivorous plant that eats insects. The plant is native to North Carolina.

More Houseplant Information

I enjoy keeping plants like Venus Flytraps. The plant is native to North Carolina and large numbers of them are found in the eastern part of N.C. I enjoy keeping them and they are one of the more exotic houseplants. They require humidity and food. I often take a cricket and with a pair of tweezers I feed the cricket to the plant and enjoy watching them eat. I raise my Venus Flytraps in a large aquarium with a plant light over them and I mist them with a bottle of water.

Healthy Venus Flytraps produce white flowers in the spring and they will produce a pod of black seeds that can be planted to produce new plants. The Venus Flytrap must be raised in a area of high humidity similar to a bog. It is one of my favorite plants.

I did a lot of my own research when I first started keeping Venus Flytraps. Today I make a good income from raising the plants and selling them.

You Could Even Turn Houseplants Into A Full Or Part Time Business

If you really wanted to get into it you could start growing houseplants and in time turn it into a great part time or full time income. If your interested in doing this learn everything you can about rooting plants and starting new houseplants from cuttings. Some plants are harder than others to get started with a cutting but in time you'll get better at it and before long you'll be able to easily start new plants from cuttings. If your interested in doing this you need to learn everything you can about using rooting hormones to help get cuttings started.

Some years I sell tens of thousands of dollars of vegetable plants like tomatoes, squash, and cucumbers. I started out with a few hundred plants packed in the back of my pick up truck and I would go to the local Flea Markets and would usually sell all my plants in a day or two. And I built from there. When you first start try sticking to a few kinds of plants and you'll be a lot better off. Right now I'm doing real well with selling heirloom tomato plants. I put each tomato plant in a quart styrofoam container and I give a information sheet out with each plant sold.

Keeping and raising houseplants is using a little commonsense. You also need to do good research and learn everything you can about any houseplant you want to grow and keep in your home. The more you know the better off you will be and you will have great success with your houseplants. Just remember don't over water them. I think you will find that over watering houseplants and not changing them into bigger pots when they need to be is two of the main things that kill houseplants. And now that you know what kills houseplants you can grow beautiful houseplants and have everyone thinking you have a green thumb. I hope you enjoyed reading my Hub Page on Houseplants and I hope you have a nice day. If you have comments, questions, or tips feel free to post them below.


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    • crazyhorsesghost profile imageAUTHOR

      Thomas Byers 

      6 years ago from East Coast , United States

      Thanks for the comments. If you'll follow the details on the Hub above you'll be able to grow house plants and they should be healthy.

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      Joana e Bruno 

      6 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hello, very interesting hub, this one is for me, I think I kill every house plant I come into contact with. Outside is different, it's like nature will take care of itself, but in the house... terrible... My mom is very good with plants, but I always seem to put to much water, too little, etc, etc, I never seem to get it right. Anyway, I'll follow your advices and see how it goes. Thanks for the tips. Voted up and useful.

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      Brian Slater 

      6 years ago from England

      Nice hub. We always over water our houseplants, probably killing them with kindness. The information on the label doesn't always say where they are best positioned or the correct temperature, so we always end up putting them where my wife wants them and hoping for the best. They don't last long in our house but I'll try after reading this-thanks for the info.

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