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Top Tips to Keep Your Indoor Plants Healthy

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Are you finding it difficult to maintain your indoor plants properly? With indoor gardening becoming an increasingly popular hobby, everyone can get a little overwhelmed with how to take care of their plants properly, especially when you don’t know what you’re doing. This guide will help you maintain your indoor plants in Sydney and have you on your way to set up an indoor garden or to improve the aesthetic of your house. Here are some tips to help you take care of your plants properly:

 

  1. Getting the right plant for you:
    Being a plant parent starts with you getting the correct plant for your needs. Every plant is different and there are both indoor and outdoor plants. Get indoor plants that are low maintenance can be cared for very easily, because they work best, especially for a novice. The best indoor plants for Sydney include plants like the Snake Plant, Devil’s Ivy, Swiss Cheese Plant and String of Pearls.
  2. Finding a permanent spot for your plant:
    Just like humans, plants also need space to grow and live. Find a permanent spot for your plants; according to Apartment Therapy moving your plant a lot might shock it. So put your plant in a space from which you won’t have to move it often. This can be done by avoiding placing the plant on a table as it would need to be cleaned regularly. Try finding a place for your plant on a shelf or in a corner where you know that the plant will not be moved around much.
  3. Light:
    Most plants need light to grow including indoor plants. Indoor plants don’t need as much sunlight as outdoor plants but still require some amount of sunlight to grow properly. Ask your local nursery how much sunlight your plant needs and find a spot for it accordingly.
  4. Water:
    Watering may be the least forgettable part of indoor gardening but this may do more harm than good as all plants have different watering needs. Not watering your plants properly may lead to over-watering or under-watering. Some signs that your plant is under-watered or over-watered are:
    Dry Soil:
    This is a sign of under-watering. Check your soil multiple times a week to make sure the water your plant is receiving is correct. You might need to adjust the frequency with which you water your plants based on the weather. Summers might require you to water more frequently as compared to winters. If your indoor space is centrally air conditioned, and evaporation of water is less, then you might simply need to maintain consistency throughout the year.
    Limp Leaves:
    This can be a sign of both under and over watering. An indication of limp leaves is brown leaves, where you can take control of the situation by adjusting your watering levels as soon as you notice one or two leaves starting to become limp. Under-watered leaves will be crispy as they will be dehydrated.
    Root Rots:
    This is a sign of over-watering as the damp conditions can cause fungi to accumulate at the root of the plant. The roots become soft and squishy which leads their weakening and eventual decay. Your nicely growing plants can start rotting one fine day, and it might come as a shock to you. But that is not the case, the root rot occurs over a period of time and constant over watering. It is important to check the moisture in the soil by touching it before watering the plant.
  5. Avoid Pests:
    The biggest problem indoor plants in Sydney face is pests. Check indoor plants for fungus or pests when you buy them. Protect them for a few weeks, only to make sure they don’t have any issues. Any time you spray your plants, check the top and bottom of the leaf for signs of insects or infection. If you suspect something, keep the plant away from your other plants before it affects the other plants. One organic way of making sure that pests stay away from your plants is to put garlic cloves in in the soil. The pungency of the garlic can keep most pests away.
  6. Packing Peanuts:
    Your plant needs a proper drainage system to prevent downing rotting of the roots. This can be fixed by filling the bottom half of your plant pot with packing peanuts. Packing peanuts allow air to pass through and will also prevent the accumulation of water at the bottom of the planter, thereby reducing any chance of your plants getting infected by fungus or mold. This will provide proper drainage system for your plant.
  7. Eggshell Water:
    Eggshell water can be used to boost your plants’ calcium and potassium levels. Eggshells are a great source of nutrients and are a regular waste produced in all households. Using eggshells as a fertilizer will not only help in sustainable waste disposal but will also contribute to the health of your indoor plants. Eggshell water acts as a homemade fertilizer and can be made by combining eggshells and water in an empty container. You can either blend up the shells and water or just shake up the concoction really well and pour it into your planters.
  8. Coffee Filters:
    Coffee filters are an indoor garden game-changer. They keep the soil in place but let water drain through, so you have no mess, just healthy plants. Coffee also has some nutrients that can help your soil become healthier. What is more, it can keep your house smelling appetizing.

This guide should help you set up your indoor plants in Sydney as well as give your house or office a refreshing look. Plants not only freshen the air but also improve your mood. It is not difficult to take care of your plants; it just comes down to how much you care for them.

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