Three Helpful Tips on Growing and Caring for Indoor Plants

Saturday, 12-June-2021 21:04

illustration: several pots of indoor plants.
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illustration: several pots of indoor plants.

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Decorating a room with live indoor plants certainly makes your home look beautiful and festive with greenery.

However, there are often problems with water containers that can attract mosquito larvae, particularly if you live in a tropical climate country. This is what should be avoided, as indoor plants are great for creating a warmer atmosphere room in the house.

Besides being a colorful decoration, indoor plants can also purify the air, improve health, and help improve focus.

As reported from the website tumbuhkembang, you can ensure that your indoor plants can stay alive and healthy by providing a good environment and adequate amounts of water and nutrients for your plants.

Pay attention to the soil in the pots

Keep the soil in the pot moist, but not soggy. If the soil is too dry or too wet, it can destroy the roots and hinder the plant's growth.

In some cases, too infrequent or too often watering of the plant can also cause the plant to die.

Plants with thick and wide require more water than plants with waxy or leathery leaves (leaves that keep water on the surface from being lost).

There is no specific watering frequency that fits all indoor plants. Instead, all you have to do is find out what kind of plant you have, and follow guidelines on how often to water your plants by doing research on a particular type of plant.

If mold starts to appear on the surface of the soil or there is water that can't drain at the bottom of the pot, then you are overwatering the plant

Water the plant if the soil is lighter in color or if the soil is cracked.

Plants in the succulent family require periods of drought between waterings.

Insert your finger into the soil to find out how wet the soil is below the surface. If you dip your finger into the soil up to your knuckle, you can feel whether the plant needs more water.

If the soil feels damp, the plant does not need to be watered. If it feels dry, the plant needs watering.

Again, this varies from plant to plant. This condition can be used for most plants but not all of them.

Watch the watering of plants

Signs of over-watering plants are rotting roots and leaves not growing or forming soft lines and rotting.

Signs of a dehydrated plant are slow leaf growth, leaf margins are brown and dry, and lower leaves turn yellow and curl.

Use water at room temperature and if the water is a tree container, replace it often with new fresh water so that it doesn't help mosquito larvae to breed and grow.

The best water temperature to use for watering plants is 20 degrees Celsius. You can use a thermometer to check the temperature of the water, or you can let the water sit, after pouring it on the plants, and allow it to come to room temperature.

If it is too hot, the water can rot the roots and the plant will go into shock, causing the plant to die. Water that is too cold causes plants not to grow so that it inhibits growth now and in the future.

Use a handheld humidity meter to check the moisture level of the soil. Using a humidity meter is the most accurate way to find out how moist your plant is. The mechanism of this tool is to examine the soil to produce an analysis of how moist the soil is.

You can buy a humidity meter online, at home and garden supply stores, and certain convenience stores.

Choose a pot that has a drainage hole.

The number of drain holes in plant pots is very important because too little or too much water can damage or kill the plant. Make sure there is a drain hole at the bottom of the pot.

Materials like plastic, metal, and glass will absorb less water than ceramic or clay, so pay close attention to this.

Insert a hollow plastic container, known as a cachepot, if there is no drainage hole in the bottom of the pot.

Reporter : turkhan
Editor : turkhan