Indoor plants bring a touch of the outdoors into your home. A splash of bright yellow Daffodils (Narcissus) turns a dreary room warm and sunny in an instant. Baskets of trailing English Ivy (Hedera) transform a quiet bedroom into a lush, relaxing oasis. Adding a pot of old-fashioned Primrose to a quiet corner gives a room a cozy feel. There is something about living plants that makes us feel good.
Growing Healthy Plants
Growing indoor plants is an enjoyable pastime that doesn’t take much skill or effort. Give a plant the right mix of soil, light and water and it will thrive. Today, we continue our tips for growing healthy indoor plants:
- Water. Different plants require different watering regimens. The temperature and humidity inside your home, as well as soil mix and container type, can affect how frequently plants will need to be watered. However, daily watering is rarely advised. Over-watering causes roots to rot.
When purchasing indoor plants, it’s a good idea to check the tags for plant care instructions. Not only will knowing how much light or humidity a plant requires help you locate the plant where it will thrive, but plant care tags usually provide watering guidelines. As a general rule of thumb, water indoor plants if the soil surface is dry to the touch and hold off if the surface feels cool or damp. For plants in large planters, stick your finger about half an inch down into the potting medium when applying the dry/damp test.