I love house plants. They’re beautiful, green, fresh, vibrant, some are even useful like aloe, and they clean the air inside the house. But I’ve never been a very good keeper of houseplants. Whenever I find something I’m not good at, I tend to accumulate books on the subject, so I have several books detailing the proper way to care for house plants. I like to think I learn at least a little something from my reading, so today I’d like to share with you my house plant care routine. It can’t be too bad – my plants are still alive!
Light is King
You probably know that plants need light. That’s one of those no-brainers, right? Even plants that flourish in low light need some light. I usually station my plants that need high light right in front of windows during the winter, spring and fall, and let them summer outdoors. I have a few plants that don’t need as much light, but they’re still near the windows. They just do outside in the summer.
Have you ever seen a plant that is leaning toward the sun? I think it’s adorable when they do that, but I don’t want them to stick that way (like when your kids make a face and you tell them it’s going to freeze…), so I do practice the turning effort. I don’t do the daily quarter turn that is recommended in some books, but I do turn them when I notice them leaning. Does it help? I like to think so, but I have no proof. Does it hurt? Doesn’t seem to hurt them.
Water with Care
I learned a new watering trick just this week. The house plants that I have now are not huge water lovers, so I only water when the soil is dry to the touch. But I did read about a new technique of watering the entire soil once a month by immersing the pots in water until it stops bubbling (doesn’t take long at all!) and then letting it drain in the sink. I started doing this routine this week and it seems to make the plants happy!
The best way to keep the air clean in your house is to use plants – but they can’t do that if they have dirty leaves. My biggest tip in house plant care is to clean the leaves of the plants. I used to do this by setting them all in the tub and letting the shower spray them off, but since I’m doing this new whole-water thing, I used the sink sprayer on low pressure to gently spray off the leaves and I wiped them carefully with a cloth. I’ve also read not to be tempted by the leaf shiners that are sold in stores – these can clog the plant’s pores on the leaves and you’re back to square 1! It’s not super easy to clean all the leaves when you’re holding a baby though, so just watch out for that one.
These are my very basic house plant care routine tips. What do you do with your plants?
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