5 Tips To Keep Your Indoor Plants Healthy | Desert Botanical Garden

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Here are the few tips for caring for houseplants:

 

  1. Know your light – Most houseplants prefer an east, west or south window. Most houseplants can be placed at a maximum of five feet away from a window, unless you are select a houseplant that can grow in low light.
  2. Use a soil mix of potting soil and add perlite or pumice, and vermiculite. A good mix is a 1:1:1 ratio. Make sure container has a drainage hole and a good rule of thumb is when repotting go up to 1 to 2 inches in diameter for the pot size.
  3. Invest in a soil moisture meter. They can guide you on when the soil is dry or too wet. Most houseplants like soil that is slightly moist with the exception of succulents. Do not overwater.
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4. Fertilize periodically. Use a water soluble or granular fertilizer. Fertilize at least 3 to 5 times a year if using a water soluble fertilizer and less frequently when using a granular fertilizer.

5. Check the undersides of leaves, stems and roots periodically for insect pests. Spray insects using a 3 part water to dish solution or for mealy bugs use 3 part water to 1 part rubbing alcohol.

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