How to care for your houseplants and avoid killing them

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Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced the disappointment of a houseplant wilting away, despite our best intentions. But worry not, green-fingered pals, because we’re about to turn you into the plant whisperer you’ve always dreamed of being. With a smidgen of knowledge and a dollop of care, you can keep your leafy friends not just alive, but thriving. 

Watering: How often is often enough? 

Watering is both an art and a science, and you’ll need to consider what kind of plant you have. For instance, cacti need a lot less water than ferns. 

  • Cacti: Once a week during summer, once a month during winter.
  • Ferns: Keep the soil moist, watering lightly every 1-2 days.

Remember, overwatering can be just as deadly as underwatering. If in doubt, check the soil: if it’s dry an inch below the surface, it’s time to water. 

Nourishment: Feeding your plants 

Feeding your plant isn’t just about water. Plants also need nutrients, typically delivered via a good potting compost and supplemented by a quality plant feed. 

  • Compost: Choose a high-quality compost and repot your plant every 1-2 years.
  • Plant Feed: Every 2 weeks during growing season (usually spring/summer), reduce to once a month in autumn/winter.

Quick tip: Plants are like people – they like to eat more in the summer when they’re active, and less in the winter when they’re resting!

Positioning: Finding the perfect spot 

Location, location, location! The right spot can make a world of difference for your plant’s health and happiness. 

  1. Light: Most houseplants love indirect light. An east or west-facing window is perfect.
  2. Temperature: Consistent, moderate temperatures are key – avoid draughty spots and direct heat.
  3. Humidity: Many plants, especially tropical ones, enjoy a humid environment. Consider placing them in your bathroom or kitchen.

Every plant is unique, so do a bit of research about your specific plant’s needs. With a bit of love and care, you’ll have a flourishing indoor jungle in no time. Happy planting!

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