Top 7 plant care tips
Plants add that extra touch to your interior or garden. They create a nice atmosphere, reduce stress and even purify the air. But they need the best care to do so, and not all plants are the same.
Whether you're new to the wonderful world of plants and their special features or already own fairly green fingers, it's always good to have the most important tips handy. Let's start photosynthesizing our green friends in ideal conditions.
Here are your must-know essential tips for healthy plants!
1. Find your perfect plant
So, which kind of plants is the ideal match for your home and interior? Well, that depends on the time you want to spend on it. Some plants are happy with a splash of water every now and then, while others require a little more attention. If you are fairly new to the game, we would recommend to start with a plant that isn't too high maintenance.
2. The brightest of the house?
Depending on the type of plant, they need direct, indirect or very little sunlight. Most plants benefit from enough indirect sunlight, even our tropical green friends don't need to be baking in the sun all day.
So think beforehand which spot is best for your new plant. Does it need a lot of light? At the window! Prefer a dark, quiet place? The bathroom could be a suitable place, or perhaps somewhere around the corner.
However, all houseplants need their natural light for photosynthesis. In a completely dark room without windows, most plants won't last long.
3. Wonderful water
Help, I forgot to water my plant! No worries, just don't make up for it by overwatering it now.
When your plant is thirsty, you will notice it by limp or brown leaves.
However, too much water can also be harmful. You can usually tell when the leaves turn pale green or yellow and even fall off.
How can this be? It happens when an excess of water remains in the pot and causes root rot. As a result, the plant has difficulty absorbing water, which dehydrates certain parts. Especially in winter you should be careful not to overwater.
Feel the soil from time to time to see if it isn't too wet. It's always a good idea to house your plant in a plastic inner pot with holes for drainage, so that excess water can escape more easily.
4. Fundamental ground
To grow your plant in generous conditions, it is important to use potting soil. Potting soil is in fact a mixture of various raw materials and nutrients. Ordinary garden soil is therefore not always sufficient for your plants.
You can also give your plant extra strength when you notice dead or yellow leaves. This can easily be done with plant fertilizer or by making your own plant food. For homemade power food, soak some banana peels in a pot of water for 48 hours. Dilute the banana water with fresh water (a ratio of 1:5) and give your plants this mixture once a month. You can even put a banana peel on the soil so that it composts and feeds the soil at the same time!
5. Fresh pot equals fresh plant
Don't hesitate to repot your plant when you notice that it could use a little more space. You can see this when the roots emerge above the ground or grow just below the pot. This not only prevents the roots from suffocating and stopping growing, because when you take a larger pot the plant also has more soil to absorb water. Be sure to check this with a new plant you have purchased, these are often ready for a larger pot.
If you want your plant to continue growing, choose a pot with a diameter 20% larger than the current one. Has it reached its maximum size? Even then it's still a good idea to repot every three years with new potting soil (possibly in the same pot) to keep your plant healthy!
Ideally, you should repot a plant during the spring, starting in mid-March. When the temperature and sunlight increase, your plant will start to produce more roots and grow.
How do you do this?
6. Cut it out
In spring, our houseplants awaken from their hibernation. They can benefit from a little boost to get back into full bloom, for example with a trim. By removing dead or unhealthy leaves, you help your plant on its way. That way they can focus their energy on the healthy leaves and nothing will go to waste. Use clean plant scissors to easily cut away yellow or brown leaves.
7. Something in the air
Some of our houseplants originate from rainforests or other warm places in the world. Tropical plants in particular thrive on a sufficiently high level of humidity, such as banana plants, the Calathea or the Monstera. If the humidity is too low, the leaves may start to droop or show brown edges.
Ideally, the humidity in your house should be between 50 and 60%. You can easily measure this yourself with an inexpensive hygrometer. Is this percentage lower? Spray some water on your plants with a plant sprayer. In a very dry environment you can do this at least three times a week.
In winter when heating is often on, the air becomes a lot drier. If necessary, put a bowl of water on the heating, so you can maintain high humidity.
Beware: not every plant needs this. Don't spray water on plants with fine hairs on their leaves, since the drops can get stuck and cause little mold spots. Make sure to not use the plant spray when your plants are bathing in full sunlight.
Are you noticing white calcium spots after spraying? Instead of ordinary tap water, try using (cooled!) boiled water or rainwater.
With these tips, you're all set to become a true plant parent! Are you Looking for a new addition to your collection or a first plant to start your own urban jungle? Then take a look at our plant collection! Tifiori will help you find a charming plant for every place and moment.