5 Habits Of Perfect Plant Parents
They say there are no mistakes in gardening, only experiments. But there are some habits that can help you ace your plant parenting game.
Here are five simplest habits that can help plant parents to help their plant babies stay healthy and happy!
1. Optimise Your Space
Plants have a positive impact on the immediate environment and that impact can be enhanced by spacing the plants correctly in indoor spaces. For an average four by five metre room- eight to ten plants can maximize the impact. Similarly, space available to plants in a pot is also very important. For succulents, deep pots aren’t recommended.
2. Water Plants Adequately
Both, over watering and under watering can kill your plants. It is important to understand the water requirements of your plants and water them adequately. For succulents and leaves that can retain water, it is advisable to water them only when the top layer of the soil is completely dry.
3. Analyse the Nutrition Need
It never happens that plants do not need nutrients after you plant them. It is important to provide nutrients to your plants timely. For healthy growth of plants, it is essential for them to be able to use macro and micro nutrients like Nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, calcium, magnesium, etc. Using fertilisers can elevate their growth & keep them healthy. On an average, add fertiliser to your plants every 30-40 days.
4. Ensure Balanced Exposure
Not all plants flourish in bright direct sunlight and similarly a lot of plants are sensitive to not receiving light. It is important to understand which plants require bright sunlight and which can flourish in shade and low light. For parents who do not have ample supply of direct sunlight, snake plant, plants like rubber plant, haworthia cymbiformis and other succulents are ideal options.
5. Groom Plants Timely
While it is not essential to prune your indoor plants regularly like the outdoor plants, you will still need to do some clean up. Habits like cutting away dead leaves or branches, wiping off the dust, repotting, etc, can encourage a more healthy growth pattern. Typically indoor house plants are pruned at the beginning of the growing season, and a good rule of thumb entails the flowering plants to be pruned after they have finished flowering, lest you remove unopened buds that would otherwise turn into flowers.
Your green babies do not constantly ask for it but they do not need your attention from time to time and are capable of surviving on the bare minimum provided. Yet, proud plant parents never stop observing patterns of their plants and inculcate the habit to follow routines to provide the best care to their leafy babies.