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Top tips on caring for houseplants

Updated: Oct 8, 2020

Plants enhance our homes in many ways; bringing life and colour as well as purifying the air. Here are top tips on how to help your houseplants thrive!

1. Stick your finger in the soil!

Overwatering is the number one cause of houseplant death. If the top inch feels dry give it a drink. With succulents and cactus let the soil completely dry out before watering.

2. Collect rainwater if you can.

The salts and chemicals in tap water can build up in the soil over time and prevent the roots from absorbing water. So collect rainwater if you can or let tap water sit overnight.

Whatever water you use let it reach room temperature so you don't shock the roots.

3. Water less in Winter.

Houseplants go into semi-hibernation during the Winter so need much less water. With most plants allow the top 2 inches to dry out. Cactus and succulents should be kept dry unless you notice them starting to shrivel.

4. Get the light right!

Most houseplants like bright, indirect light so check the direction your windows are facing. Strong afternoon sun can scorch leaves so you may need to move your plant back a few feet from the window or add a sheer curtain.

Cactus and succulents on the other hand love a south facing windowsill.

4. Know your plants needs

Most tropical plants, ferns and orchids prefer high humidity. Bathrooms and kitchens are ideal. You can also put a tray of moistened pebbles under the pot or group plants together to raise humidity.

5. Dust the leaves

From time to time it's a good idea to wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to help your plants photosynthesize so they can continue to purify the air.

6. Give your plants a boost

Feed your plants during Spring to Autumn only about every 2 weeks depending on the plant. Use a balanced houseplant fertiliser and dilute it to half the recommended strength.

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