Here are our top 5 tips to help you take care of your indoor jungle!
1. Treat them like babies
Our plants are ridiculously sensitive souls & should be treated like the botanical babies that they are! Any sudden temperature change can cause them to go into shock so avoid draughty spots & water them with tepid water. If you can, collect rainwater and bring it to room temperature or keep a jug of tap water on the side for a day before watering, this will allow any of the salts present in tap water to settle at the bottom of the jug and any chlorine to evaporate.
2. Water & position them to suit their needs
Different species of houseplants will have different needs & preferred environments, so it's always a good idea to look up your plant’s natural habitat & try as best as you can to mimic this. E.g, rainforest plants are happiest somewhere with high humidity like a bathroom & their leaves will enjoy a regular spritz with a water bottle, whereas desert plants prefer a dry, warm spot & don’t like to be moist.
As a general rule, prod the soil with your finger and if the top two inches are dry, your plant will want a drink. This rule does not apply to cacti & succulents, they will want watering very sparingly & never directly into the soil, sit them in a tray of water to allow them to soak the moisture up from their roots.
3. Dust leaves & prune regularly
Be sure to remove dust build up from your plant's leaves with a damp cloth, particularly those with a larger leaf span. This will allow them to photosynthesise, meaning they’ll be happier & healthier with more growth. Makesure to cut off any dead or unhealthy leaves to avoid your plant from putting its energy into these, meaning better growth.
4. Adjust your care throughout the seasons
Just as we are, our plants are affected by the seasons changing. In summer they will generally require more watering & this is the optimum time for new growth so they will benefit from being fed with a plant feed once a month. In the colder months they will go into more of a dormant state so won’t need plant feed but may require more dusting due to the dry air caused by central heating. Also in the colder months consider moving them away from window sills that tend to get particularly cold & avoid keeping them too close to radiators.
5. Re-pot them as they grow
Be sure to keep an eye on your plant's growth & move it into a larger vessel when it needs it. If you can see your plants roots poking out from the drainage hole then it definitely needs repotting! Check out our blog post on repotting for beginners here.