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One of the best ways to decorate your home is to grow houseplants. It’s not only an excellent way to add nature to your home, it’s also a method to purify indoor air and improve health.
Many people opt for houseplants without knowing that caring for indoor plants is an essential part of home maintenance. If not maintained properly, your indoor plants may fail to add beauty to the interior of your house.
Want to know how to maintain their wellbeing while simultaneously ensuring your house looks beautiful the entire year? These home maintenance tips will help you provide basic care for your indoor plants:
Give Your Plants A Specific Spot | Before you even bring in your plants, make sure you’ve chosen a permanent spot for them. If tables just popped into your head, drop the idea instantly. It’s not a good place to keep a plant because you’ll have to remove the plants from the table whenever you want to use it either for work or for meals. Whatever place you choose, make sure it will be specifically used for keeping and growing your plants.
It’s a good idea to place them on shelves. Also, if you want the houseplants to look more decorative, place them near a stylish lantern. If you don’t have a lantern, illuminate the living room by choosing one from Lantern & Scroll for example. Besides providing a beautiful lighting effect, placing a lantern also helps conserve energy.
Don’t Forget To Water | Unlike your garden, houseplants may not remind they need watering every now and then. This is what could be the most commonly forgotten part of your home maintenance checklist. Be cautious about watering your plants – in terms of both over and under-watering. To begin, know your plants’ watering needs. If the leaves appear too brown, you might be over-watering them. In case they appear crispier, you need to water them more.
Another tell-tale sign of under-watering is dry soil. Feel the soil several times during the week to ensure optimum water levels. If the roots are rotting frequently, it could be a possible result of over-watering. In severe damp conditions, the roots of your plants may also accumulate fungus.
Set The Right Temperature For Your Plants | The right temperature is another factor that contributes to the maintenance of house plants. The ideal temperature range for most house plants is between 65 and 75 degrees F during the day and 55 and 60 degrees F during the night.
Of course, this may vary from one plant to another. That’s why having adequate knowledge about the varying temperatures for each plant is essential. Also, most plants require high humidity level to thrive. Keeping yourself updated with such information will help you maintain the required temperature.
Get Hold Of An Environment-Friendly Bug-Spray | Watch out your house plants for insects and termites. While you can always use a bug spray, avoid using the ones available in stores as those contain harmful chemicals that could negatively affect the environment too. Instead, use a homemade version to flush them out.
There are tons of safe homemade mixtures that can be used indoors without the risk of any potential harm. One of the most effective options is neem oil. Combine half an ounce of neem oil with 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap. Mix it with two quarts of water.
Keep this mixture in a spray bottle to make spraying easier. Spray it generously on the plants. In case you’re relocating your plants both indoors and outdoors, you might create a problem in your garden because you’ll give room to ground hogs to evade your empty grounds. To be on the safe side, look for a termite control company that also attends to pest control and make sure your garden will be ready for your plants once the cold season ends.