Taking care of indoor plants is not as straightforward as it may seem. So many indoor plants fall prey to neglect and improper care, and eventually, wither off. The key to maintaining healthy indoor plants lies in figuring out the right maintenance regime. Once you do that, looking after these potted house occupants seems like a breeze. Most people get the tag of bad houseplant parents because they make some common mistakes that may seem harmless but turn out to be fatal. Here are the top 5 mistakes to avoid when looking after indoor plants-
1. Not paying attention to the soil type
Indoor plants need to be potted in soil that has been specifically mixed for indoor planting. This soil is different from other soils because it has a better drainage capacity – a characteristic that makes it ideal for houseplants. When indoor plants are planted in other types of soils, they might be left to stand in the water for too long. This will eventually harm the plants. So, make sure you use an organic indoor soil mix and a container with sufficient drain holes to plant your indoor beauties.
Overwatering is another common mistake most people make when taking care of their indoor plants. It is ironic that the reason behind majority houseplants not surviving is not neglect, but an overdose of care in the form of overwatering! The quantity and frequency of watering indoor plants largely vary from species to species. Succulents, vines, cacti, ferns- they all have different watering needs. Make sure you know how much water each plant needs instead of fixing a generic watering schedule. Here is an informative article on how to water your indoor plants the right way.
3. One-size-fits-all approach
Every indoor plant is different, so why should the approach of nurturing them be the same? Depending on the species of the houseplants, their caretaking regime should vary. Factors like light, water, soil, fertilizer, fresh air, and appropriate temperature change for every plant type. As these needs change, so should how you look after them. So, before you set a fixed timetable and environment for all your green beauties, make sure you know what suits which plant the best.
Overcrowding too many houseplants in the same area has been shown to obstruct their growth. Just like we humans, indoor plants need their own space to grow and flourish. As they say, don’t put all your eggs in one basket, we say don’t crowd all your plants on the same plant stand. Spread them over separate indoor plant stands so that they have sufficient room to breathe.
Overcrowding also refers to potting a plant in a smaller pot than the size it needs. By doing that, you don’t give their roots sufficient space to spread and grow. Ideally, every plant should be potted in a roomy pot with plenty of soil and space to propagate.
5. Treating them the same way you treat outdoor plants
Indoor plants are different in so many ways from outdoor plants. They need a completely diverse set of caring regimes and they belong to a distinctively separate natural habitat. For instance, your outdoor plants need plenty of sunlight, repeated pruning, and frequent watering. That is not the case with houseplants. They can sustain in a lesser amount of sunlight, very little water, and almost no pruning. You must treat indoor plants differently from outdoor plants otherwise you might end up with less than healthy results.
That’s it – you know what not to do when taking care of those indoor greenies! Avoid these follies and watch your houseplants flourish. Also, check out our blog on the best indoor plants that purify the air for more info!