Basic House Plant Care

Grow houseplants. They’re pretty and they purify the air. It’s really quite easy to care for them. Read on to learn how to keep them alive… and avoid having your house look like a plant cemetery.

  1. Light. Generally, houseplants need either high, medium or low light. Beyond this, a houseplant may need direct (bright) light or indirect light. Bright or direct light – Light that is bright will be light that comes from a window.
  2. Water. When growing houseplants, water is essential. The general rule of thumb is that you should only water a houseplant if the top of the soil feels dry. Watering this way is correct for most indoor houseplant care. A few houseplants, particularly succulents and cacti, only need to be watered when the soil is completely dry, and a few others may need to be kept constantly moist.
  3. Fertilizer. For houseplant maintenance, they can be fertilized one of two ways. The first is through water, the other is through slow release fertilizer. Which you use for growing houseplants is up to you. Both work well.
  4. Temperature. Because most houseplants are actually tropical plants, they cannot tolerate cold temperatures. The care for tropical houseplants requires that the houseplants be kept in rooms that are between 65 and 75 F. (18-21 C.). These are the temperatures that most houseplants prefer.



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