We get a lot of inquiries at Frankie Flowers about how to care for indoor house plants. Below are some tips to help you keep your house plants happy and healthy all year long.
Start with a healthy plant
Only buy plant from a reliable, quality source. This will dramatically increases your success withy your indoor plants. Look for deep green leaves; ensure there are no holes or browning. Purchasing healthy plants are as easy as going to Home Depot, Walmart, or your favorite garden store where you’ll find varieties that are grown in Miami, which is North America’s number one source for tropical plants.
Stop worrying so much
You may be working too hard at caring for your indoor plants. The number one reason why indoor plants die is too much water. Only add water when the top inch of soil has dried out.
Give dusty plants a shower
It’s the easiest and best way to clean off dust.
Re-pot in the spring when you can do it outside
Plants will respond better to repotting in the spring. But generally, if foliage starts to look yellow and the plant looks like it is struggling, it’s time to re-plant. Keep in mind some plants, such as Jade Plants, don’t like to be re-potted; they like to have their feet in tight shoes.
Feed your plants properly
Fertilizing can be done in the growing months (late spring through fall) on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Try Scott’s Liquid House Plant Food.
Watch the windows
Make sure that you don’t put your plants so close to a window that they get too much heat in the summer or get too chilly in the winter. It’s best to keep the temperature as consistent as possible with any indoor plant throughout the year.
Even those of us with brown thumbs can create a tropical indoor paradise. Here are Frankie's favourite easy to care for indoor plants:
For low-light areas such as basement apartments with few windows: Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema)
For kids to care for: Spider plants (Chlorophytum comosum)
For areas with lots of light: Aloe Vera. This drought-tolerant succulent can be used for topical healing and to improve digestion.
A great “I can’t Kill it” plant: ZZ plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia)
Make plants a part of your indoors today!!!
If you still have a question on how to care to for your indoor plant contact us for help!