We love our indoor plants and they make an amazing different to your living spaces. Almost every day instore I chat with people who love their plants but struggle can’t keep them looking really healthy and even alive. It can be depressing if you invest in plants and then they don't survive on you. We want to help you change that and get your plants surviving and thriving.
The most common problems that people have with indoor plants fall into 2 categories. Too much love or not enough love and this is really down to water and watering your indoor plants.
Not enough love is sort of obvious. If you don’t take care, totally neglect or forget to water your plants, then they will die. They are a living, breathing (yes in a way they do via respiration) organism that needs water and food a little similar to humans.
Water is the essence of keeping your plants alive.
So, here's your top 3 things to do when watering:
*Aim to water them every 7-10 days on average. Try not to leave it longer than this and 14 days to 3 weeks is definitely too long. To get a good feel of when to water, don’t be afraid to pop your finger up to your knuckle into the soil and just see how moist or dry it is.
*When you water, pop the plant into the sink or shower and water completely making sure all of the soil is wet. Let it drain for10 minutes and then put back into your pot.
*During winter, when we have heating on constantly and the air is much drier, it's really important to water a little more often or be checking a little more often.
Other the other hand,
Too much love is probably the most common of all indoor plant problems and that often equates to too much water.
To avoid overwatering:
*It's important to make sure the soil has dried out well before watering but don't let it get so dry the plant is wilting or it's totally 'bone dry'. The soil changes colour and becomes light as it gets too dry.
*Ensure they aren't sitting in water constantly in a saucer or similair. This can happen if you water in situ all the time, so good to check this often.
*Ensure they are watered through the whole soil profile rather than into one spot on the soil as this doesn’t nourish the plant properly or encourage good root growth.
(Often they get fertilized too often also- but that's a whole other story... coming soon)
You can water in-situ (or in position) and many people do this and I do it sometimes too when I’m in a hurry and know my plants need a quick water.
Water the whole of the soil with maybe about a cup or two of water (depending on the pot size – this for a normal 100-120mm pot). Make sure you have something to catch the water so it doesn’t go everywhere – like a saucer or tray. This is a stop gap measure and and works to make sure your plants are ok. Try not to do this too regularly, but instead it's a good idea to pop all your plants into the sink or shower and water them thoroughly. This helps to keep the leaves clean also as well as wetting up the whole soil profile.
Of course, there are always one or two exceptions and a couple of plants that love watering nearly every day, or love sitting in a saucer of water and being quite wet all the time! eg my palm loves being watered nearly every second day and having constantly moist soil and some ferns like to sit in a little water to thrive.
We have quite a few other hints and tips that will help keep your plants in great conditions & make them grow and thrive. Talk to us instore or check these out in the blogs to come soon.