House plants brighten up your apartment, home, or office. It’s important that you care for them throughout the year. Indoor plant care is especially important during winter months when a minimal amount (if any) of sunlight comes through the window. Some outdoor gardeners choose to bring their plants indoors during winter months since they know lighting fixtures can be used to sustain the growth.
People choose to keep indoor plants for a variety of reasons. Some do to grow fruits and vegetables while others do so to add to the décor in homes and offices. Indeed, plants look great inside of homes, just as long as they match the surrounding décor and furniture.
The best way to keep them healthy is to provide them with the best type of lighting, soil, and temperature to match their natural environment(s). Humidity and temperatures can drastically affect indoor plants, so make sure you grow plants that will survive easily within your home or office.
Here are some indoor plant care tips you need to take into consideration:
- Most tropical plants do best in warm temperatures with relative humidity of 55-75%. However, if the temperature inside your home rises above 67 degrees F in the spring or summer, the humidity drops a great deal. Thus, you may need to keep the temperature down a tad bit and sacrifice a bit of warmth if you want to grow tropical plants.
- Don’t forget that plants need air, so you don’t want to smother them too much. Both fresh and moving air is essential for the growth of plants, especially during the hottest days of the year. So open a window or door every now and then and allow the fresh air to come in. A circulatory fan can also do wonders, so you might want to get one of those as well. Your indoor plants will even need fresh air during winter months.
- Another important factor of indoor plant care is protecting them against bugs; thus you will want to spray them every now and then with an organic pesticide. Every part of the plant should be sprayed, including the underside of the leaves. Only use warm water when spraying as cold water can be somewhat harmful.
- The plants should all be placed underneath the appropriate lighting, which is categorized as being high, medium, or low. Each plant needs to receive the appropriate amount of lighting in order to thrive. There are guides available online if you’re unsure about any of them.
Follow these indoor plant care tips and your plants will grow quickly and last for a very long time!