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How to Care for Indoor Plants

Updated on September 20, 2010

Caring for indoor plants is not as hard as outdoor plants. Most indoor plants grow slowly and accordingly, it needs less maintenance. But some plants need more maintenance than the others and you should take notice and treat them differently. In all, there are some aspects you should pay attention to when it comes to care for indoor plants. These include humidity, soil, fertilizer, light, water and temperature.

Watering and humidity

The principle here is to keep the soil with enough moisture, not too wet. You should water your plants every other day or twice a week. Pay attention to the soil and the leaves, if leaves appear withering, then you should wipe it with watered sponge and water them if necessary. Some people water plants excessively if they forget to do so in a week, that is wrong. You could kill them even quick if you water them too much. Apply water to make sure that it does not drain out of the pot too much. In the winter, your home or office tend to be dry, so pay more attention to the humidity.

Light

Indoor plants need less sunlight than outdoor plants does. It doesn’t mean that it doesn’t need sunlight at all. You should put it in a shady or a place where it cannot be exposed to direct sunlight. Different varieties need different amount of sunlight, so more information about the type you have. Rotate the container to make sure every part of your plants get enough exposure to light.

Temperature

Indoor plants need steady temperature to grow healthily. Usually 60-75 degrees at daytime and 60 to 65 at night. Keep the temperature range normal and balanced. Don’t put it in an sunny window on days and shady corner at nights.

Fertilizer and soil

You should pay attention to the fertilizer level and don’t make it too much or too less. Indoor plants tend to grow slow and if you are satisfied with its growing speed and add more fertilizers than it can absorb, sometimes you can kill them , believe me. You should use a balanced, slow release fertilizers and make it once in two weeks. For me, fertilizer spikes works best. it slowly dissolves.  You should also keep the soil loose enough to let air penetrate in the root.


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