When looking for offbeat ideas to decorate your nest, you can never go wrong with indoor plants. They are one of the easiest but best ways to liven up your space. The plants not just add colors to the house, but also come with a host of other benefits. Indoor plants help purify the air, keeps air temperature down, and helps reduce levels of certain pollutants and dust particles. Imagine with all these benefits, who wouldn’t love to have a green corner in the house? But some of us get skeptical while considering buying indoor plants, more because we are not aware of the plant care techniques. Indoor plants are the easiest to maintain, just that we need to keep a few things in mind. Plants have only a few basic requirements, namely light, water, soil, temperature, and fertilizers. If we can properly balance these, there is no reason that the plants won’t sustain.
- Light: Sunlight is one of the most basic necessities for indoor plants. However, while few plants grow well in shade or away from direct sunlight, there are many which need at least six hours of daily sunlight to thrive and grow and needs to be placed outdoors. While buying plants, keep a note of the requirements of the plant. For flowering plants requiring medium light, you can keep them by the window side where they can receive enough sunlight for few hours.
- Water: Water is very crucial for the proper growth of plants. But you need to be very careful so as to avoid over watering the plants. Also, the containers for houseplants play a major role in this. Clay pots are good for plants and help plants grow easily, however, since they break easily, so are being replaced nowadays by plastic pots. These pots sometimes do not have a hole at the bottom thus obstructing proper water drainage. In such cases, avoid watering very frequently as it would collect at the bottom and make the roots rot. Also, a thumb rule for watering indoor plants is to touch the soil and check if it’s dry, then only you should water. Most of them need watering only once or twice a week, however succulents and cacti need dry conditions to grow and can do without water for a long time.
- Soil: Another important factor is the soil quality. While most of the indoor plants are tropical plants and grow well in common garden soil, few need a different quality of the soil. Plants like aloe, cacti or succulents need a mixture of soil and sand. Some succulents thrive well within a mixture of coir fiber, sand, and soil. In case a plant needs special kind of soil, it usually comes with instructions.
- Temperature: Indoor Plants need the ambient temperature to grow. Extreme heat or cold conditions might hamper their growth. Most of the indoor plants are tropical plants and cannot sustain in cold weather for too long.
- Fertilizers: Fertilizers, compost or sprays are used to enhance plant growth. Instead of going for chemical fertilizers, use organic ones so as not to harm the plants. Also, read the instructions carefully as to how they are to be used. While water-soluble fertilizers can be mixed with warm water and given to the plants directly once or twice a month, the ones that need to be mixed with soil come with different instructions of usage. Compost is recycled organic matter and provides a rich growing medium to the plants. Indoor plants, unlike outdoor plants, need fertilizers regularly for their proper growth as they are bound to the pot they are being grown and cannot naturally absorb nutrients from the soil.
If you can balance all these factors while growing indoor plants, there’s no stopping you in turning your home into a green haven.