How NOT to Kill Your Houseplants

You want to add some green life into your home, but you failed miserably at keeping your plants alive for more than a month? No, you are not cursed with the black thumb. Even the best gardeners had a couple of unsuccessful attempts. Taking care of indoors plants is not as hard as you think.  It all comes down to maintaining good habits and to pay attention to your greenery. Once you master these smart gardening tricks, you will be able to have a thriving indoors garden.

  1. Pick the right plants for your environment

The most frequent reason why your greens may die is because they are kept in an unsuitable environment. Different plants tolerate certain conditions, and light exposure in particular. Some need full sun, while other plants grow best in shady and cool places.  Not sure what light is right for your flowers? Here is a quick guide:

  • Full shade – plants that don’t tolerate direct sun( north sides of buildings)
  • Partial shade – plants that prefer morning sun (east side of a building)
  • Full sun – plants that require direct sunlight for at least six hours
  1. Avoid moving your pots too often

Constantly changing the location of your plants is traumatizing for your greens. Pick a proper spot depending on the needs of your flowers and stick with it.

  1. Start with an easy-care plant

If you have zero experience with planting and gardening, you should start small. Get a couple of robust plants that require minimal maintenance and are hard to kill. Go to the local nursery or store and ask the expert gardeners for advice.

  1. Make a watering schedule

Many beginner gardeners tend to forget to water regularly their plants. Set up a schedule and put reminders on your calendar to ensure that you won’t skip this task. Keep in mind that some plants require lots of water, while others need hardly any. Be sure you know how often you should water your greenery. Most plants come with instruction. Just read it!

  1. …But don’t drown your plants

Of course, you should not overwater your plants because their root system will begin to rot. Avoid leaving a lot of standing water in the saucer. You can make a quick moisture test by sticking your fingers into the soil. If the dirt comes out damp, no water is required. If you keep your plants in a hot area, you may need to water them more often.

  1. Consider the temperature

Just like with light exposure, the temperature is just as important.  Don’t let your greenery burn in the summer or freeze during the colder months.

  1. Don’t get discouraged

Don’t quit right away, if you fail the first time. It’s not such a big deal. Grab an empty pot and start over. Learn from your experience and avoid these mistakes in the future!

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