Do you love plants but can’t seem to keep them alive? You’re not alone.
Many of us have brought home a new plant only to have it die, leaving us feeling like a plant murderer. Learning how to stop killing plants by following these basic steps will increase their chances of survival.
Keep reading to learn more about how to make sure your houseplants live their best lives.
One of the easiest ways to kill your plant is to over water it. Too much water and inadequate drainage can lead to root rot. Pot your plant properly and make sure excess water is draining out.
All plants have different sunlight needs. Some prefer full sunlight, some prefer shade, and many like it somewhere in the middle. Determine what your plant needs and place it in your space accordingly.
If you notice any unexpected changes in the appearance of your plant, take action quickly. If your plan has a disease or fungal infection, quick action can save its life.
As cute as pets are, they don’t mix well with houseplants. If your pet eats, pees on, or plays roughly with your plant, your plant could suffer.
It’s also important to keep in mind that many types of plants are toxic to household pets.
Choosing the right soil and fertilizer is essential to keeping your plants healthy and happy. Just like with our skin, using the wrong products can do more harm than good. When it comes to nourishing plants, not all soil is created equal.
Each plant type has specific soil and fertilizer needs. Make sure you are using the right kinds for your plant type.
As your plant grows, its root systems will grow too and it will outgrow its current pot. If you don’t move it to a bigger pot, it can become root bound, leading to sickness or death. Transplant your plant to a bigger pot with more soil when things start getting a little cramped.
Not all plants require the same amount of maintenance. Some are easier to take care of than others. If you are away often or can be a little forgetful, opting for a more low maintenance plant will improve its chance of survival.
See more here about choosing the right plant for you.
One common reason for the deaths of many plants is that their humans neglect them when they go out of town. If you are going to be away, your plants will need a caretaker. Ask a friend or family member to check on them and keep them hydrated.
Certain types of bugs can be hazardous to your plant’s health. As much as we hate to admit it, spiders can be helpful as they protect your plant by eating invasive species of bugs.
Killing plants can make anyone feel like a failure.
The truth is, learning how to care for plants takes practice. All plants are different and learning their needs takes dedication.
For more tips, check out the plant care section of our blog.