Can you not keep a houseplant alive to save your life? Maybe you’ve been wanting to start growing plants inside to improve your mental health but you don’t know where to start. Whatever your case is, we’re here to help you out.
Growing plants outside can be difficult for some, but with these five tips, you’ll have the greenest thumb in town. Let’s jump in.
1. Know Your Plant
When you go into anything, you’ll want to do some research. With plants, however, it can be a bit daunting to do research. There are so many plants and you have no idea which one you want, but worry not as there is an easy way to solve this problem.
When you go to the store, be sure to read the tag on the plant. These tags will give you crucial information about the plant. It tells you everything from the scientific name of the plant to the amount of spacing it needs.
These plant tags are the start of your research. Based on the plant tag, pick the one that you believe you can handle. Once you get home, do some more research on the plant so you can be sure it thrives in your home.
2. Lots of Light
While most living things need light to survive, plants need it the most. Absorbing sunlight allows them to perform photosynthesis and feed themselves. Without it, they’ll die.
This is why positioning your plant in a space that optimizes sunlight is an absolute must. The plant tag will tell you how much light the plant needs and your research should go a bit more in-depth. But what if you aren’t able to find or create a spot that will give the plant all the light it needs?
Two words: LED lights. The LED lights will provide a balanced photosynthetic light that will help your plants grow. Even if you do have a nice spot for your plant to get some sun, looking into some LED lights isn’t a bad idea.
Over on Green Thumb Planet, you can check out some of the best LED lights to help your plants grow. Your inside plants will thank you!
3. The Perfect Amount of Water
One of the most common mistakes with growing houseplants is overwatering. Most plants don’t need a lot of water. Even watering them once a day can be too much.
Your tag should tell you how much you should be watering and just like with the light, your further research will go in-depth more. Generally speaking, however, the more thick the leaves on the plant are, the less water it’s going to need, so keep an eye out.
4. Picking Your Planter
Have you ever heard of fish only growing as big or as small as the size of their tank? This does not apply to plants. Most people don’t think too much about the pot of your plant, but it is an important aspect of your plant’s quality of life.
The roots of your plant may be restricted by too small of a planter and it won’t grow that well, sometimes at all. A planter that’s too large can lead to root rot. Root rot will decay the roots of your plant and is usually caused by overwatering which leads to waterlogging and if you don’t have a good planter, you’ll have poor drainage which will just make matters worse.
Master Growing Plants Inside
With these helpful tips, you are well on your way to mastering growing plants inside. Soon your house will be full of thriving houseplants.
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