Dos and Don'ts of Indoor Plant Maintenance

You don't need a green thumb to follow these tips!


Indoor gardening has been all the rage recently—and we're not surprised. Aside from prettifying our spaces, indoor plants bring a touch of the outdoors into the home—making it just a little bit brighter and filling it with positive energy.

If you're also thinking about adding green touches to your home, you can do so with ease! Don't be afraid that you won't be able to take care of a couple of plants. Here are reminders that can help you out:

DO know your plant. Some assume that indoor plant care is the same for every kind and type of plant, but it's usually not the case. Avoid mistakes by reading the tags that come with your plant. These tags usually explain the needs of each and how you can best care for it. Of course, the World Wide Web is a treasure trove of information that you can use as reference. You can also ask for tips from your plant supplier.

DO limit the use of fertilizer. Fertilizers encourage plant growth which is a good thing ,but indoor plants don't need a lot. The use of excessive fertilizer can burn out the soil, root systems, and leaves.

DO place it where there is light. Most indoor plants are capable of sustaining themselves when exposed to enough sunlight. Some ideal spots would be windowsills or your home's terrace. There are also plants that do not require too much sunlight—so make sure you do your research first.

DON'T overwater. In an effort to keep the plants healthy, a lot of people make the mistake of giving plants too much water. Keep in mind that plants may drown too. Check if the soil is dry and simply wet it with enough water to keep it damp.

DON'T overdecorate. When working with succulents, avoid putting too much pebbles or anything that will prevent the plant from absorbing water. Overdecorating can suffocate the plantmaking it dry quicker. Need help repotting your succulents? Click here for a step-by-step guide.

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