House Plants Care Guides

A selection of indoor and house plants care guides to help you grow various plants successfully; following specific caring instructions including watering, lighting, humidity and others.

-Watering

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There's a small amount of care instructions (but highly important) which a plant cannot live without, or get it wrong and you'll be treating a damaged plant; even worse it will die. Watering is one of those instructions.

Providing too much water for certain plants (e.g succulents) can easily kill them, while not providing enough for others will prevent the plant from growing, cause leaves to drop and flowers fade quickly.

The environment and time of the year plays an important role in how much is the right amount for your plant.

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-Lighting

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Lighting can be slightly less serious than watering when comparing potential problems if it's not correct for a plant, although it is still just as important to be right for promoting good plant health.

The basics of providing plants with lighting indoors is understanding which ones like full sun, shade, bright - without direct sun, and others that survive in low light conditions.

Most plants will not cope with full sun (apart from cacti) and like a brightly lit spot without direct sun, near an east, west or a south facing window.

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- Temperature

indoor plant temperature guide

Temperature is a real tricky one, especially for most indoor growers living in temperate regions. Certain plants are so sensitive to cold that the drive home from the garden store can kill them.

The majority of plants thrive in average temperatures indoors which is 60°F (15°C) - 75°F (24°), and not below 50 - 55°F (10 - 13°C). Of course each genus and species have their own likes and dislikes so it's important to know the plants ideal temperature needs.

Temperature Guide »

- Humidity

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Many house plants are native to tropical and sub-tropical climates, which means they get a fair share of high humidity in their natural habitat that we need to mimic.

Fortunately a large amount we grow indoors adapt well to humidity levels in our homes and may only need leaf misting to improve levels enough.

However, there are some species that need high levels which we have to provide them. Simple measures can be taken, such as misting, grouping plants, provide a humidity pebble tray or purchasing an electronic humidifier.

See Humidity Guide Here »

- Propagating

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Propagating is used to produce new plants from the parent plant - which follows various methods. The most popular method is taking stem, root, or leaf cuttings, when a section of the parent plant is re-planted to form roots and shoots.

Woody type species are typically propagated by taking a few inches of cutting from a stem, removing the lower leaves, dipping the lower section in rooting hormone and then re-planting in a suitable pot.

Other plants including many desert cacti and succulents are propagated by taking leaf cuttings (or removing offsets) because there are no solid stems or petioles to take root.

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- Feeding Plants

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Like any living creature and species has a need to be fed to support it's life and growth, a plant is no different which also needs food for nutrition and to look healthy.

The good news is feeding a plant is easy enough which can be done when it's time to water and it can be added to the water.

While the majority of house plants can be fed using a balanced liquid fertilizer from spring until fall, once every month , others have more specific needs. It is important to follow a guide for that species to prevent under or worse over-feeding problems.

See Fertilizer Guide Here »

- Cleaning

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Cleaning is something you will need to consider doing to help keep your plants appearance up, and to keep them healthy.

There are three main methods which includes using a damp sponge or cloth, dusting with a brush or spraying.

Most plants with large leaves are easy to clean with water. Others (hairy types) need a bit more care given and have to be brushed gently.

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- Going Away

Holiday illustration

You've booked your hotel, flights and made arrangements at work for taking your vacation and now one of those other things on the to do list before going away is to make sure your house plants will be well while your away.

If you plan to go on holiday for more than a week you will need to arrange how your beloved air filtering creatures will receive enough water. 10 days or less then most plants will be fine.

The best plan is having a friend or family member to pop in and water them, but if you don't have a person to do it for you there are other methods you can use.

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