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Caring for Houseplants is Necessary for Optimum Results

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Whenever we consider the gardeners who were gained during the pandemic, we often assume their cultivations are flourishing in the outside air under a warm orange sun. But planting indoors has also become a popular trend and caring for houseplants is as important inside as it is outside.

According to a study by the National Gardening Association, it’s estimated that spending on houseplants has climbed almost 50 percent since 2016, with a year-over-year jump of more than 12 percent in 2020.

But like many novice outdoor gardeners who found themselves lacking in education and information for their plant’s prosperity, the same seems to be true for those cultivating indoor houseplants. 

Caring for houseplants is a necessary practice for making sure your plants are healthy and will experience optimal growth for many years to come. Whether at your home or place of work, here are a few important things to remember when caring for houseplants.

  1. When it comes to brown and dying leaves, the only time they should be removed from your houseplant is if they’re more than 50 percent damaged. By trimming off such leaves, you’re promoting healthy growth to the remaining foliage which can now receive more nutrients.
  2. Houseplants should never be placed in a container that doesn’t have a drainage hole. If plants are left sitting in soggy, wet soil, root systems will ultimately start to decay and eventually mean the demise of your plant. Some options include creating your own drain holes with a drill or planting in a smaller container with drainage holes and sitting it inside a larger decorative container that doesn’t have them.
  3. While pruning might seem an odd task for houseplants, it’s sometimes necessary to prevent the plant from tangling and suffocating itself if it gets too wieldy or to weed out dead shoots and branches for optimum health. You can learn more here.
  4. Fertilizing is essential for houseplants to grow healthy and beautiful. Houseplants only have the soil they’re planted in to acquire the necessary nutrients they need and if you’re not providing supplemental feedings, your plant will be prone to developmental issues. You can learn more here.

While caring for houseplants is not as labor-intensive as your outdoor garden, it’s critical to afford them some love and attention to keep them flourishing for many years to come.

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