While indoor plants aren’t high maintenance, you still need to know their basic needs to make sure they remain healthy. Below, Allbrite Services shares some of the most effective ways to look after indoor plants:
Do Your Research
All plants need food, water and sunlight, but these aren’t enough basic needs are not everything there is to know. Since plants vary in sizes, soil and temperature requirements, you cannot simply bring an unknown plant indoors. Before adopting a houseplant, make sure it’s appropriate to your home’s location. Ask professional plant cleaning and maintenance service experts, especially for any imported plants you plan to bring home.
Window Positioning and Plant Recommendations
Most plants prefer bright light, but some thrive better in dark spots. To know how much light your plant needs, consider the positioning of your windows:
- South-facing windows bring the most sunlight. It is the best place for any indoor plant.
- East-facing windows provide light early in the morning. This is perfect for plants with only moderate light requirement.
- West-facing windows also provide a moderate amount of sunlight, but only in midday. Place plants with resistance to heat and suntan in this direction.
- North-facing windows bring the lowest amount of light. Choose a low-light plant to place on this side of the window.
Examples of bright-light indoor plants include Cactuses, Watermelon Peperomias, Fiddle Leaf Figs, and Succulents. For moderate to low-light, Monstera Deliciosa, Rex Begonia, Rubber Plant, Pothos, Snake Plant, Dracaena and Spider Plant are excellent choices.
On Feeding, Pruning and Cleaning
Plants naturally grow in the wild because of the influence of different ecosystem. But, as indoor plants, they may require extra treatment to compensate for the lack of external influences:
- Feeding – Most indoor plants require at least a weekly liquid feeding, which is part water and part fertiliser. This is to allow them to get the nutrition they need while in a limited soil.
- Pruning – Simply get rid of any dead or withered leaves, flowers and branches. This prevents other healthy plant parts from weakening, too.
- Cleaning – Dust is the number one thing that deters the growth of indoor plants. You can clean them by using a piece of damp cloth or a feather duster for light accumulation.
Pest Prevention and Isolation
If you have a new indoor plant, inspect them carefully for any infestation before mixing them with the others. In cases where the infestation is already inside, know the extent of the damage. Use organic soap sprays to fend off bug infestation and rub the webbed areas near the plant’s saps.
Looking after indoor plants involves more than just providing their basic needs. Take other factors into consideration to make sure they remain healthy and full of life.