Keeping your plants alive can be quite a challenge. Do you love plants, but at the same time don't know how to take care of them? Then you are certainly not the only one. Many people don't even start to bring plants into their home, because these green friends often don't last long with them. And that's a shame, because there are different ways that you can enjoy your plants longer! If you want to keep your plants alive for as long as possible, we are happy to give you some tips.
Go for the right plants
Some plants require a lot of maintenance. If you are not (yet) very good at maintaining plants, it is therefore wise not to choose these types immediately.
Fortunately, there are also plants that you hardly need to worry about and that can take a beating. Which plants are those? Think, for example, of succulents, Aloe Vera, women's tongues or the Crassula Ovata. Maintenance-free plants often do not need that much water and/or do not need to be pruned, for example.
Water your plants enough
If you want to keep your plants alive, don't water them too little, but certainly not too much either. Did you know that too much water is the number one killer of houseplants? Of course you want to avoid that! The right amount of water depends on several factors. For example, which plant is it, how big is the plant and is it exposed to a lot of daylight?
A trick to find out how much water your plant needs is to see if water comes out of the bottom of the pot during watering. If this is the case, you have watered too much. Still unsure if you're doing it right? Then inquire at a garden center or search the internet for information about the plant in question.
"There are several ways to enjoy your plants longer!"
Choose a suitable place
Some plants need a lot of light, while others are best placed in a shady spot. Before you buy plants, decide where you would like to put them in your home and take into account the specific preferences of the plants you have in mind.
Do you notice that the leaves of your plant are discolouring? One of the causes of this can be a shortage or an excess of sunlight. Move the plant to a lighter or darker place and see if that makes a difference.
Prevent stress with your plant
Did you know that not only humans and animals, but also plants can experience stress? This can be the case, for example, if you are someone who regularly changes your interior. If you want to prevent stress on your plants, it is a good idea to leave them in the same place as much as possible. Moving your houseplants regularly can cause stress. You can of course turn your plants towards the light every now and then or repot them if necessary.
Give a candy now and then
Occasionally you can treat your plants to something tasty. Some extra nutrition gives your plants a good boost, so that they can handle it again for a while. Feeding is not necessary in the winter, but during the growing period (usually from March to October) they can sometimes use a treat.
How much nutrition does your plant need and how often is it best to do this? That again depends on certain factors, such as the type and size of your houseplant, the location, but also whether the plant suffers from certain diseases or pests
Maintain good humidity
One of the most important things you can do for your plants is to ensure constant humidity in your home. A humidity between 40% and 60% is best not only for your plants, but also for your own health.
Is the air rather dry in your house? Then consider a humidifier. Putting several plants together in a group also helps, because that way they create their own mini-climate!
Keep your plants alive? Provide an optimal living environment
The temperature in your home affects the growth potential of your houseplants. During the day a temperature between 15 and 25 degrees is recommended. In any case, ensure a constant temperature as much as possible, because many plants are not well resistant to large temperature fluctuations! If you want to keep your plants alive, it is therefore important to create an optimal living environment for them.