Houseplants do more than just look nice in the corner of a room. They can actually keep you happier and healthier. Below is a care guide and some fun facts about how houseplants can improve your life.
Not all houseplants need the same amount of light. Knowing the amount of light your houseplant requires is key in the survival of the plant. With all exposures, keep in mind that some obstructions, such as a shade tree can decrease the amount of light in your home.
- • SOUTH WINDOW – Provides the most amount of light. Plants that require HIGH light will be happiest with southern exposure
- • EAST & WEST WINDOW – Receive sun only half of the day. Eastern and western exposures are great for plants that require bright indirect light or MEDIUM light.
- • NORTH WINDOW – Provides the least amount of light. Plants that can survive in LOW light will do well with northern exposure.
Just like light, different species of plants require different amounts of water for survival.
- • DRAINAGE – Picking the right pot for your plant is key. In any permanent pot, there must be drainage. If your pot does not have drainage, place a liner inside of your pot.
- • AMOUNT – Thorough infrequent waterings are best. Make sure to give the plant enough water to soak the planting medium and allow water to escape from the bottom of the pot. Most houseplants do not enjoy drowning in water. Be sure to check the soil with your finger to see that the medium is dry before watering again. During winter months, houseplants generally require less water.
- • FEEDING – Just like humans, plants like to eat, too. Don’t forget to fertilize your houseplants while they are actively growing (March-September). Also, keep in mind the importance of proper drainage when feeding. Without proper drainage, soluble salts will build up in the soil, creating a toxic environment for the roots to grow in.
- • FLUORIDE SENSITIVITY – Ever wonder why some houseplants get brown leaf tips? Some plants are sensitive to fluoride, commonly found in tap water. Many dracaenas, peace lilies, and Calathea can show signs of fluoride sensitivity. To combat this problem, add a small amount of the lime to the planting medium to make the fluoride more water-soluble. You can also use distilled water or collect rainwater.
Sometimes houseplants can get sick, just like us. Sometimes the plant can be sick from improper care (some can result I diseases), but many times insects are to blame.
- • PESTS & DISEASES – If you find that you have insects or disease problems, it is best to act quickly before these problems spread. Use the proper treatment. If you need help identifying the problem, lean on our staff to help!
- • STRESS RELIEF – Studies have shown that having plants in your living environment can lower blood pressure, reduce headaches, and can even lessen illness.
- • REDUCE TOXINS – Did you know that many items in our homes, like our furniture can give off toxins? Houseplants absorb the toxins in our air from these everyday items. Having several houseplants in your home can significantly reduce the amount of formaldehyde, benzene, and other harmful toxins. As few as 15 houseplants can eliminate 87% of these toxins.
- • INCREASE HUMIDITY – When you water your houseplant, the houseplant then gives off most of this water into the air, as humidity. Having houseplants in the winter can prevent your skin and hair from becoming so dry.
- • OXYGEN – Plants give off oxygen, while absorbing carbon dioxide.