10 great tips for caring for your houseplants

Indoor garden in winter

Lacking a green thumb and looking for simple tips to keep your greens alive? We have what you need !

You have decided to welcome new green plants in your living room but do not know exactly how to maintain them? How often to water them? When to expose them to the sun? How to keep insects away? Check out these 10 pro tips to help you give them a long and beautiful life. The latter are shared with us by N’Bioo , a French start-up specializing in essential oils and 100% natural and biodegradable fertilizers.

Rotate your plants

If you have decided to invest your efforts in several green plants, they have equal needs in sunlight. In order to avoid that each one grows at its own pace and that in the end you end up with disparate shoots, consider rotating them every week. In this way, they will all be able to benefit from the solar exposure necessary for their growth.

The watering bottle trick

Do you often wonder how to water your plants when you go on vacation ? There is a trick that involves filling a glass bottle (of wine, water, soda) with water, then inserting the neck into the soil of your pot. This way, the water will slowly drain into the ground while you’re away and you won’t have to worry about watering while on vacation. Of course, you can adopt this technique even if you are not traveling and just have your head in the air.

Put them outside in the summer

As soon as the weather permits, take your houseplants outside so they can enjoy nature for a bit. Place them preferably in the shade so that they can grow quickly. You can put them in the garden, and if you don’t have one, a few days in the window or on the balcony shouldn’t hurt them.

Buy a moisture meter

It is sometimes difficult to gauge whether you are watering your plants too much or not enough . If you’re more of an overwaterer, don’t hesitate to buy a moisture meter. As its name suggests, this device allows you to measure and control the humidity level. It will help you measure how much water your plant needs.

Avoid excess water

There is a technique that involves using saucers to collect excess water under the plants after watering. Problem: the water that stays in the saucer permanently keeps the roots too wet. To avoid this, favor watering at the sink. After wetting it, let the water drain out a bit and then put the saucer back in place. This will prevent the saucer from filling up too quickly and your roots from swimming in stagnant water.

Use a systemic insecticide

The use of a systemic insecticide is interesting on your houseplants. This product is sprinkled on the surface of the soil and the insecticide is absorbed by the plant, helping to keep insects away without the need for an aerosol insecticide to protect your home. Be careful, however, to use it sparingly because it is a polluting agent. The best is still to favor essential oils (lavender, peppermint, geranium) to keep insects away.

Prefer organic fertilization

Organic fertilization is very good for the development of your plants. So prefer animal or vegetable matter to chemical fertilizers for your plants. You can collect it yourself or buy it from the store. The little extra: it’s 100% natural, organic and ecological.

Dust your plants

We often think of dusting all over the house, so it would be a shame to forget our little plants. Leaf dusting can be done in several ways. You can choose to wet a cloth and wipe each leaf. Which can be more or less laborious depending on the number of plants you have. Alternatively, you can simply place your plants in the shower or tub, and let the water wet all the leaves, which removes the dust. Let them dry before returning them to their usual place.

Cut the browned pieces

If your plant starts to turn brown, that part will never green again, so you can decide to cut it off. To do this, arm yourself with pruning shears or, failing that, a pair of scissors and follow the natural shape of the leaves to proceed with the cut. Your plant will take a well-deserved rejuvenation.

let go

There comes a point where your plants are too diseased to keep. And no matter how hard you work, nothing will be able to revive them. So it’s time to let go. On the other hand, there are many plants whose ends or tips you can pinch off (this process is called propagation) to grow a new one. In this way, the main plant puts up new starts from a hanging stem, and each “baby” can make a new plant.

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