There are many varieties of Indoor/house plants. Some house plants prefer a lot of sunlight while other plants prefer fewer hours of sunlight. There are a good variety of plants that are fairly easy to care for if you watch for the signs your plant is giving you. The most important care tip for indoor plants is watering. No plant likes to remain in standing water. This will cause root rot. Your plants need nice healthy roots to drink good clean water. Always check your pot for standing water and drain water immediately.
Most plants like to be water in moderation. Just like you when you are thirsty you want a drink, not a bath. A common mistake people make when they forget to water their plant is to over compensate and give it way too much water at one time. You can’t make up for days of not watering with one really big drink. If you forget to water your plant just give it a drink, not a soak!
Most plants come in a plane black plastic pot with drainage holes in the pot. We recommend that you keep the plant in these plastic pots and place that pot inside a decorative pot of your choice. You can then remove the plant and black plastic pot and water the plant thoroughly so it can drain well and you can check to see if there is too much water in the pot. Leaching is something you can do for your plants when you are not good at watering regularly. Salts and minerals will build up in the dirt after a period of time and you want to rinse the root system off. Leaching is when you place your plant in the sink, tub or outdoors and water it thoroughly until clear clean water is pouring out of the drainage holes. This has rinsed/leached the soil of all the harmful build up and gives them a good thorough drink when we have forgotten to. Let the plant stand until all water is drained well then place back in decorative cover pot.
If you are just getting started and a beginner to houseplant, it can be intimidating. We recommend starting with a succulent. These plants are so incredibly easy to grow and do not require attention for weeks at a time. There are a large variety of sizes shapes and colors. Succulents are a great plant to learn with and see how plants “re grow” and root. They are so hardy a leaf can fall off the plant and start rooting right there where it fell in the air. A new little plant will begin to form off the side of the dead leaf. It is quite amazing their natural will to live and recreate themselves. Along with succulents there are many other house plants that are easy to care for.
We will look at three very common house plants that can be bought at any local flower shop or green house.
The first plant we will discuss is the Spath plant commonly known as the Peace Lily. This plant is the most common sold plants in most flower shops. Most people have had one at one time or another. This plant is relatively easy to care for. It can tolerate many light conditions. If you want this plant to continue to bloom it will need to be in a well-lit area out of direct sunlight, but will remain a beautiful green foliage plant in an office or lower light setting. It will definitely let you know when it needs to be watered as the leaves will start drooping or sagging more towards the floor as opposed to standing straight up. They do not like to remain in standing water so it is very important to check the container. A similar plant that will let you know they need a drink is a Croton. The croton is a very colorful foliage plant. The more light a Croton gets, the more water it needs, but in turn; the more color it will show. Both the croton and the peace lily are very forgiving when neglected and can come back and thrive again. Crotons will also droop when thirsty and then their leaves will begin to fall off. Peace lily leaves do not fall off when the plant is dry; they just weep then dry up. A third common house plant you can find at any local florist is the arbicola schefilaria. These plants are so versatile in appearance. They can be a bushy small plant or grow into a large bushy plant. They can be trained to braid at the trunk and be turned into a tree as opposed to a bush. They can tolerate many different environments but thrive when placed out doors in the summer time. They can double even triple in size in just one summer. Bring them back indoors in the fall and have the beauty of nature year round in your home.
With a little bit of water, some love and warmth you can enjoy a nice variety of living green nature right in your home year round.