"I have no plants in my house. They won't live for me. Some of them don't even wait to die, they commit suicide" ~Jerry Seinfeld
Come on, admit it....is your thumb not as green as you want it to be? Are you having trouble keeping your house plants alive and healthy? Can you relate to Jerry on this one? Relax….you’re not alone! Many of us (myself included at times) have felt that fake plants were our only option because we seemed to have “touch of death” when caring for plants. Read on to find out how 10 simple changes will make you feel like a “natural born gardener”!
Top 10 Indoor Gardening Tips for Jerry Seinfeld…and rest of us!
1. Plants will "reach" toward a light source, so rotate your plant occasionally to promote straight growth.
2. Pay attention to lighting requirements for your indoor plants. If your plant isn't getting enough light it will appear "thin and leggy" looking. You can alleviate this problem by only buying plants appropriate for light already in your home, or by providing an additional light source(artificial lighting). Buying plants that need medium to low light are a "safe bet" for most homes. Think before you buy!
Helpful Hint: Indoor plants can be placed outside during warm summer months.
3. Use room temperature water when watering your indoor plants. Soak thoroughly but make sure plants aren't allowed to sit in water as this can cause roots to rot, proper drainage will alleviate this. Different plants have different watering needs but you can use this jingle to help you remember basics.....
~Too dry, plant will die Water fills pot, roots will rot! ~Candee Stark
4. Give your plants a bath! Just like children, plants need to be hosed down to rid them of dirt, dust, and grime. It is highly recommended to bath your kids daily but your plants only need it occasionally! Place your plant in your kitchen sink or bathtub and use spray attachment to gently rinse it off. Use lukewarm water and allow your plant to air dry before returning it to its regular location
5. Plants improve quality of household air but remember plants can suffer if kept in air that is always smoky, stagnate or overly dry. Do yourself and your plants a favor by opening windows and allowing fresh air to come into house at least several times a week.
6. As with humans, most house plants do well in a daytime temperature range of 65-75 and ten degrees lower at night. Pay attention to your plant, if it isn't looking well a change in temperature might be all it needs to get back on right track.
Helpful Hint: Don't overheat your house~your plants will thank you!
7. Keep care tag for each plant you buy. This way you will remember name of plant and what type of individual care it needs to stay healthy. I have made this mistake many, many times thinking I would remember how to take care of plant and after a few months I couldn't even remember name of plant!