How Not To Kill Houseplants

While smaller plants, like the diffenbachia and alstroemeria, will thrive in smaller pots, larger plants, like this palm, require a lot of space to flourish. Overcrowding or planting in the improper size container can soon result in rootbound plants with a short shelf life.

How can indoor plants be kept alive?

How Not To Kill Your Houseplants: A Professional’s Guide For Eco-Centrists

  • Pick Your Plants Carefully.
  • Determine their positioning.
  • Maintain Plant Nutrition, But Don’t Overwater Plants.
  • Give them a periodic physical examination.

Why can’t I maintain houseplants?

Unless humidity is on your side, no matter how meticulously you care for your houseplants or how handy you are with a green thumb, you won’t be successful. According to How Stuff Works, plants require humid air because when the surrounding air is dry, their breathing pores lose the majority of their moisture. The water that the plant’s roots take in can’t always make up for that wetness. Thinner-leaved houseplants require more humidity than those with larger leaves.

How do I keep the pests off of my houseplants?

You don’t want pests on your houseplants to reappear after you get rid of them, right? Preventive pest treatment is the strongest long-term defense against any infestation of indoor plants.

So here are a few more suggestions for long-term pest-free and healthy care of indoor plants.

1. Never utilize soiled pots

Before using pots or plant trays again, always clean and sanitize them. They can be cleaned in the dishwasher or, if they are sturdy enough, in soapy water.

2. Keep tabs on your plants

Regularly check your plants for indications of indoor plant pests. Every time I give my plants water, I typically do this.

3. Avoid repotting an infected plant.

Never repot a plant only due to a bug issue. An unwell houseplant may get even more stressed after repotting, which may cause the plant’s death.

4. Use clean potting soil.

Never, ever use garden soil when repotting plants; always use brand-new, sterile commercial potting soil! Reusing the soil in the new container for the same plant when repotting a houseplant that is pest-free is OK. However, you should never repot a plant using the same potting soil from another houseplant.

5. Examine all brand-new plants

Make sure to carefully examine any fresh plants you bring home for any indications of bugs. To make sure no bugs appear, it’s also a good idea to quarantine new houseplants for a few weeks.

6. Keep your equipment tidy

Every time you use your pruning shears and other tools, sterilize them. Between uses, you can wash them with soap and water or soak them in rubbing alcohol.

What might a potted plant die from?

Potted plants need the correct amount of water and nutrients, just like people do. Annette O’Brien in a photo

1. Death dead dead and dry as a bone.

Most container plants perish because of a lack of water. They are lavishly purchased, then forgotten during a crisis, a new relationship, or when you go on vacation. The death of pot plants can result from both good and negative occurrences in your life, or even from “10 days of hassles.”

The bulk of potted plants purchased wither within three years and are replaced, so I assume that this negligence is how garden centers remain open.

Self-watering pots can be used as a cure, or if you find them unsightly, you can put plants and self-watering pots in “cache pots.” A larger pot is used as a caching pot to conceal the unsightly one.

2. Incorrect Tucker

Similar to humans, plants thrive when fed the nutrients that most closely resemble the soil from which their wild ancestors originally came. My most cherished banksia unexpectedly passed away from an overly clayey and humus-rich soil. No one diet works for everyone. Find out what your plant need. As you gradually discover how to make the menu your plants require most, get a “native mix,” “azalea mix,” “rose mix,” “citrus mix,” etc. if you are a beginning gardener.

Too Little Tucker 3.

A potted citrus plant that is well-fed is uncommon. Citrus and the majority of container plants that produce a lot of fruit or blooms are heavy feeders. Want a potted plant with tons of fuchsias or roses? Feed your plants frequently, in small amounts, or with slow-release fertilizer to prevent your pots from becoming…

4. Too Much Tucker at an Inopportune Moment

When plants are vigorously developing and the soil is damp, they need to be nourished. The fertilizer must be thoroughly watered in as well. Given that fertiliser in potted plants has nowhere to go, it is quite simple to overfeed and cause the roots to burn.

Fertilizer can kill ferns more easily than other plants. Even though you’ve been feeding them for weeks, they still seem fine, but the plant food has died off the young shoots, causing the plant to slowly wither as the older leaves fall off. Feed ferns with extreme caution and always dilute plant food three times the suggested quantity.

5. Wrong Location

The plants in our gardens today have been imported from all over the world and can withstand sun, blistering sun, shade, dappled shade, harsh winters, and hot summers. First, check the label or Google the requirements for the plant IN YOUR CLIMATE because the advice for a plant in Manchester or Idaho may not apply at all to your yard. But the plant will itself provide you with hints.

For maximum health, take into account where you place your potted plants. Picture of Robin Powell

The plant isn’t getting enough sun if it is slanting toward the light. The pot plant may be receiving excessive sunlight or heat reflection from concrete, brick, or metal walls if the leaves are falling off, becoming brown, or the plant is wilting. Additionally, it may be negatively impacted by salty breezes, an excess of fertilizer, pesticide runoff, or a number of pests and illnesses, yet it may be content in other locations.

However, think about if your potted plant needs a more sanitary environment. Some houseplants, such as gardenias or boronias, are pickier than three-year-olds and require EXACTLY this location to thrive. If not, they may act out in worse ways. Fortunately, you can test out various locations with a pot to see where they might thrive. You can also change them as necessary because the ideal location in winter might be the incorrect one in summer.

6. Too Warm or Cold

It is too cold if your potted lemon’s leaves start to turn yellow in the middle of winter. Purchase one of those stylish carts and keep it in a bright window indoors for a few months. If the tree abruptly turns yellow and subsequently loses all of its leaves, it was likely a lemon tree that was destroyed by the frost. But in case it starts to shoot when the weather becomes warm, cover it and wait till spring.

After a hot summer day, if the leaves on your potted camellia begin to droop, give it more shade, less heat reflection from concrete walls, etc., and a soak in cool water before moving it to another location.

A potted plant is not a piece of ornamental statue that is green or colorful. It is a dynamic, frequently erratic being. If you take into account its requirements and preferences, it should grow lushly, produce a lot of flowers or fruit, and live a very long period.

This week I am:

  • I’m mourning my banksia and preparing to get a new one. additionally six. It’s past time for fresh banksias.
  • browsing seed catalogs with saliva. Which melons shall we cultivate this year so that the possums can pinch them? Will we actually consume cherry tomatoes in all six colors? The zucchini will be long, circular, or trombone-shaped. What color will they be? Striped or unadorned?
  • I’m yelling at the lyrebirds, who are not listening to me. Digging up the vegetable garden in the winter is OK as long as the rhubarb, asparagus, and spring onions are not uprooted. Rotary hoes can’t compete with lyrebird claws. It might be necessary to wire-cover the garden to thwart them.
  • selecting lemons consuming and drinking a variety of delightful lemon-based products.
  • watching the honeyeaters fly towards the first of the winter red hot pokers as they blossom.
  • Thanking everyone who helped rake the leaves and use them as mulch for the trees, and being quite relieved that it wasn’t me.

How are indoor plants maintained?

Although the guidelines are generally the same for all plants, they may vary significantly based on the setting in which your plant will be residing. This section is for you if you’re mostly interested in learning how to care for indoor plants that are potted. Here are our top suggestions for maintaining indoor plants:

Choose the Correct Pot

Drainage is crucial for the health of your plant. A pot’s bottom should ideally have a hole in it so that any surplus water can drain out of the soil and gather in a tray beneath the pot. The excess water is held in the soil if there isn’t a hole like this. Frequently, this is more water than the plant can effectively absorb, which causes a plant to “drown.” The likelihood that you have a drainage issue and the plant is excessively wet increases if you observe that your plant is wilted and drooping but the soil is still damp.

Similar to people, plants require a large amount of area to grow. The plant will become top-heavy and the roots won’t be able to maintain the amount of foliage on your plant if the roots don’t have enough room to spread out. It will wilt and die as a result of this.

While leaving the plant in the pot or basket it came in is the simplest option, it’s not always the greatest for maintaining the health and vitality of your plant. Your plant needs to be in a pot that allows it room to expand and spread its roots if you want it to remain healthy. It will also need a pot with sufficient drainage.

Use Good Potting Soil

You should also consider the type of potting soil you’re using if you’re repotting your houseplant out of the container it came in and into a better pot. Simply taking some dirt out of your backyard is insufficient. Purchase a bag of potting soil instead. These mixtures frequently include additional nutrients or fertilizers to keep your houseplant strong and healthy.

You might be able to locate a potting mixture made especially for the species of plant you’re working with. There are frequently potting soils made with the precise nutrients for certain plants, such as cacti and succulents, if you’re planting one of them.

Watering: Not Too Much and Not Too Little

Watering might be somewhat challenging, especially if you’re not experienced with plant care. If you water your plant excessively, it could quickly drown. If a plant receives insufficient water, it will dry out and die. You need to strike a fine balance between these two extremes if you want happy, healthy plants. The majority of plants thrive when the soil dries out between waterings, even though other plants like to dwell in damp soil.

Feel the soil, preferably close to the edge of the pot, to determine whether or not your plant needs water. It’s time to water if the dirt seems dry and crumbly. It most likely doesn’t require more at this time if it still feels damp. You ought to get the hang of sensing when your plants need water after a few weeks of practice.

Naturally, you’ll be able to tell if your plants are dehydrating. Your plant needs water immediately if the leaves start to become dry, brown, and shriveled. However, ideally, you’ll water your plant well before it reaches this stage.

Water your plant until the soil no longer absorbs any more water or until the water starts to run out of the hole in the bottom of the container. It’s time to stop watering if water starts to collect on top of the soil and the soil stops absorbing any more water.

Given that each plant and each plant species is unique, it is challenging to specify with precision how frequently you should water your plant. To learn more about your particular plant, you can do some research online, but generally speaking, it’s best to listen to your plant when it needs water. Learn to read a plant’s soil and leaves so that you can tell when it needs water.

Give Them Plenty of Light

Although each plant prefers various amounts of shade or sunlight, none will grow in complete darkness. Your plant won’t thrive if you place it in a closet, high up on a shadowy shelf, or tucked away in a dark corner.

To thrive, your plant requires at least some sunlight. Because of this, windowsills are excellent locations for plants. However, if your windowsill isn’t big enough, you still have other choices. Place them in front of a window or somewhere with lots of natural light, on a table or a cart.

Keep Your Pet Away

Although it should go without saying, if you’re unfamiliar with houseplants, you might not have considered it. Animals may like your plants, but sadly, they frequently do so to the point of death. Specifically, your pet could consume or destroy your plant out of excitement.

Try putting your houseplants in areas where your pet can’t access them to solve this issue. Maybe place them on top of a cupboard or high up on the counter. Just remember to strike a balance between putting the plant somewhere safe and making sure it gets sunlight.

There are numerous plants that are poisonous to animals, therefore keeping plants and pets apart is also important to keep in mind.

Learn About Your Plant

Whether you’re taking care of garden plants, hanging outdoor baskets, indoor houseplants, or something else else, this is a fundamental precept of plant care. Spend some time getting to know the kind of plant you are taking care of. Find out how much shade or sun it prefers. Find out if it need daily watering or if it can go up to two weeks without it.

Every plant has a distinct set of needs of its own. While there are many general guidelines that can be applied to most plants, learning about each kind of plant separately will yield the best outcomes and the highest success rate.

What are some plant-related no-nos?

Third: upkeep. believing that all plants require A LOT of upkeep, care, and attention. It’s untrue.

#4: Self-assurance. that having beautiful plants in your home requires having a green thumb. It’s untrue.

#5 – Ignoring to examine the roots. Being the plant’s feeding system, the roots must be maintained in good condition.

#6 – Excessive. Too much attention, too much water, too much light, and too much movement of your plants. Very bad.

Not knowing where the diversity comes from is item #7. You can better understand your plant’s needs if you are aware of the climate that it initially flourished in.

So you have acquired a new factory. You’re interested in finding out more. Perhaps you’re reluctant to obtain one because you believe it would require too much time and effort to maintain, much like raising children would. You won’t experience these issues, though, if you choose the appropriate species. In addition, if you really want a difficult specimen, you can hire the proper equipment to complete the task for you. Here are the most frequent misconceptions about home plants that I constantly hear refuted for your benefit, no matter your level.