Dark Green vs Colorful
Your plants need water, light and nutrients to survive. You should first get to know your house environment and plants’ growing habit before choosing an indoor plant. Variegated plants featuring leaves with white edges or white flecks, and plants with coloured flowers or patterned leaves often need more light than their green cousins. Keep them nearer to a window so that they can get all the light they need to survive.
Plants with dark green leaves are usually more tolerant to dark interior, they can grow well even only with the light supply from fluorescent light in home or office. Turn the pot once weekly so the plant can get adequate and equal sunlight on each side.
No. 1 Killer
Over watering is the No.1 killer of houseplants. Plants are not humans, you don’t need to feed them three times a day, especially they are growing interiorly without much direct sunlight. Generally, you only have to water it when the soil feels dry to the touch. And, put yourself on a schedule to do your plant care or watering on the same day every week.
Mist your plant once a day if you are living in an air-cond room. The best time to mist plant is early morning to allow daylight to dry out the mist on the plant. Misting at night can promotes disease and other health problems for your plant.
Pest Insects and Disease
Pest Insect and disease is one of the biggest threats to any plants. These few precautions can effectively save your plant from disease and insect damage.
*Only water your plant with water. Don’t pour your leftover coffee and tea into pots, the sugar left in the compost make it an ideal breeding ground for flies and for pests to gain a foothold.
*Use only clean pot and while repotting.
*When new plant is added to your home garden, separate it from others in order to check if it will attract pest insects or in a sign of disease.
*Remove infested leaves, flowers and fruit from the plant.
To feed or not to feed?
Under the best of the circumstances, plants get all their essential nutrients from air, water and soil. But the point is, not all plants are able to access to the key nutrient they need from their living environment, especially for indoor plants. Fertilise your plants once a month is sufficient enough for most varieties, while over-fertilizing can damage or kill it.
The nutrient needs of plants change with their stages of growth. Below are three of the prime elements found in all mixed fertilizers, choose the right fertilizer to make your plants thrive:
Nitrogen (N) – essential element required for successful plant growth. Nitrogen promotes healthy leaf and overall plant health.
Phosphorus (P) – to develop healthy roots, and plays key role in the produce of fruits and flowers.
Potassium (K) – supports stem growth, helping plants digest and manufacture their foods.
Pot on Pot, the Elegant Solution
First and the most basic – choose a pot with drainage hole, since 99% of plants cannot tolerate to sitting on very wet soil for long.
Terracotta and ceramic are the main and most popular materials used for pots. They are both earth-friendly and aesthetically pleasing for your indoor garden, but one bad thing is – they can be extremely heavy. So we do recommend you to buy plant in a right-size plastic pot, and then put it onto your permanent decorative pot. It’s easier for you to move plant around for sunbathing, also offer flexibility for you to change pots accordance to design style.