There are so many great reasons to have plants around your home. They brighten the place up, clean the air and they can even have a positive impact on your mental health. But caring for plants is a lot harder than people realize. How many times have you bought a plant that ends up dying and you can’t work out why? People find this a lot and they often just give up on the idea of having house plants entirely. But looking after house plants doesn’t have to be that hard and if they’re dying all of the time, you’re probably making one of these common mistakes.
Treating All Plants The Same
This is a very common mistake that people make when they’re trying to keep plants alive. They just water everything once a week and put them on a windowsill where they’ll get a good amount of light. That’s ideal for some plants but all plants have their own specific needs. Some need to be watered more regularly and get plenty of sunlight while others thrive in the shade with minimal watering. If you’re not meeting those specific needs, your plants will start dying off. That’s why you need to do your research whenever you get a new plant. There are some great online resources like Vitax Garden World where you can find all sorts of good advice on caring for a range of plants. Always find out exactly how often a plant needs watering and what kind of light it needs as soon as you get it so you’re giving them exactly what they need.
This is good general advice for plants, now we’ll look at some of the specific mistakes you might be making.
A big misconception about watering plants is that it’s all about how often you do it. That’s not true though, the way that you water plants makes a big difference too. Some plants need a lot of water because the soil needs to be quite wet. But other plants need to be watered but they don’t like being sat in very wet soil. Succulents are a prime example of this; when you water those, you need to let the excess drip through the bottom so the roots aren’t soaked too much. Some plants also need to be sprayed on the leaves as well as watered through the soil, otherwise, they’ll dry out.
Using The Wrong Plant Food
Not all plant food is created equal but people often don’t understand this. Certain ingredients that might encourage growth in one plant could kill another plant. You can’t just buy any old plant food and use it on all of your plants. The quantity of things like nitrogen, in particular, need to be carefully managed. The plant food should have a list of the types of plants that it’s suitable for on the back so always check. If you can’t find the specific plant on there it’s worth doing some more research and remember, not all plants need plant food.
If you can avoid these 3 common mistakes, your house plants should stay alive for a lot longer.