As autumn looms closer, the onus once again turns away from the garden to the indoors. But don’t be disheartened; house plants are now the coolest kids on the block!
When they’re not adorning Pinterest boards, or adding effortless chic to Instagram, they’re improving the mental and physical wellbeing of their owners. Known to reduce stress levels and provide better air quality, it really does pay to pamper your plants – but remember, with great (plant) power comes great responsibility.
If you’re not sure how often to water your plants or what temperature is best suited to their needs, then worry no more! Our social media communities have come together to give their top tips on looking after house plants.
Which house plants should I choose?
While it is easy to just choose the prettiest plant at a garden centre, it pays to be mindful of where it’s going to live. For instance, is your home draughty? Will your house plant spend its time in a conservatory or in a cold corridor?
Once you’ve worked out where you want your new addition to go, the next step is choosing the right plant. Unfortunately, as there is no one-size-fits-all for plants, you will need to do a little bit of research beforehand.
Some tropical plants, such as jade plants, prefer sunny, humid areas, whereas plants like kangaroo vines thrive in shaded areas. A full list of house plants and their preferred conditions can be found on the RHS site.
We wanted to know which house plants you had in your home. Here’s what our social followers said…
How often should I water house plants?
It may be tempting to water house plants at every opportunity, but try not to over-do it; watering too often can lead to root death and cause the plant to collapse.
One of the best ways to monitor your plants is by getting green-fingers: feel the compost and if it is still wet, don’t water it. The roots need to breathe in order for them to consume nutrients in the soil; too much water will stress the roots, which can lead to premature rot.
Take a look at how our Facebook and Twitter followers keep their plants looking lush…
How do I maintain healthy house plants?
Knowing when your house plant is likely to flower and how big it is going to grow are just some of the things you should prepare for.
Here are our top tips for looking after your house plants:
- Buy some liquid feed if you have flowering plants, as this will promote buds.
- When you need to move a plant to a bigger pot, you may need to add some slow-release fertiliser to the compost to disperse nutrients around the plant.
- Prune dying flowers, remove wayward branches and discard any damaged or yellowing leaves.
- Clean leaves with cotton wool dipped in water; dust prevents plants from growing properly.
For more advice, read what our Facebook and Twitter followers do to maintain their beautiful house plants…
Are your plants not growing as quickly as you’d like? Try these awesome DIY feeding tips…
If there flowering plants use some tomato food when watering and watch them flowers bloom 🙂 xx
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