Houseplants care - How to
Buy and care for Indoor plants.
Houseplants often come our way as presents - sometimes unwanted.
But, if you have them, then you need to look after them properly -
even if it is just to show the person who gave it you, that you are
caring for it properly!
Our general advice - and the special links below - should set you
on the right path to having happy houseplants.
Never forget, that houseplants - when grown indoors - can often
tell us a bit about our own living environment. Generally, if a
houseplant does well, then the environment is ok for us as well.
To be successful with houseplant, you have to care for them and
look after them as much as - or more - than plants in the
Caring for your Houseplants.
Its always a good idea to do a little bit of
research - either here or on the web to see if you can firstly
accurately name your plant. Common names are generally alright but tend
to differ between countries and also between different areas of your own
Once you have the real name you can double check
by doing a search of Google Images - to make absolutely sure.
Then you are well on the way to know how to care
for your houseplant. Start off by finding out where your plant had its
origins - often Asian countries or the South Americas. If it is a rain
forest plant, it will need different care and attention that one from
the desert or dry woodland areas. This is where the real botanical name
comes into its own.
General Rules about Buying Indoor Plants
- Do not buy your indoor plant from an open air
market - especially in the winter months. Most will have been grown
in a heated, well controlled environment by a professional grower.
They will resent being in a draughty place in the open air, and
maybe being sored for long periods elsewhere.
- The same is true about buying indoor plants
that are displayed outside shops or even on the side walk. Peak
buying times are the weeks leading to Easter and Christmas. Neither
are normally good for 'outdoor' indoor plants, and many florists etc
will be overladen with stock and out of necessity, place them on
- If the plant is 9in a protective paper or
polythene sleeve, inspect it carefully inside to make sure no mould
or fungal disease are to be seen - or dead leaves for that matter.
- If it looks wilted - forget it.
- Try not to buy a plant that is in full flower
- far better those that are mainly budded.
General Care of Houseplants
- Feeding of Houseplants -
We all get hungry from time to time. Houseplants are no different,
other than the fact that they have to depend upon us to feed them!
They need to be cared for and feeding of houseplants is an essential
thing in how to look after your houseplants
- Misting Houseplants
- Yes or No? - You decide after reading this.
A misting each day rarely makes any difference to humidity or
general well being of the plant; it may even be harmful if for
instance your water area is lime.
- Watering Houseplants -
This is where the killing often starts!
Very few plants are killed by lack of water, because the drooping
result quickly alerts you to the fact that water is required. On the
other hand, over-watering or leaving a plant in a saucer of water at
all times, usually creeps up on you, but with signs such as buds and
leaves dropping, and foliage just somehow not looking right!
- Pests and
diseases of Houseplants