Overwatering Is The Top Killer of Plants
One huge mistake that new plant parents tend to make more often than not is over-watering their plants. This is a detriment to your plants for several reasons. Overwatering can easily cause root rot, also minerals and chemicals especially those usually found in tap water can cause tremendous harm to your plants, you may begin to see salt build up and soil mold if you are overwatering your plants. To offset this issue, I highly recommend investing in a water filter pUR Filter only takes 10 minutes to install your plants. Also you want to practice letting the plant fully dry before watering it again. How fast your plant will take to dry can vary by season. In the winter, you may find plants drying out quicker.
Always Inspect Your Plants
Don’t hesitate to always be inspecting your plants before you purchase and also routinely after you’ve made a home for it. Frequently inspecting your plant for potential issues will help you to spot minor issues before they become major problems.
Before you purchase your plant, the main thing you should check for is healthy roots and infestations in the soil or on the leaves of the plants. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t purchase the plant if it does have any issues, but let’s say if the root system of the plant isn’t the healthiest, you could use the plant for water growing (propagation). It’s better to know what you’re up against now than later.
After purchasing your plant you should still routinely check its roots for root rot (Usually reddish orange roots indicate this). You should also still be checking the soil and the leaves for plant pests and diseases such as spider mites, fungus, gnats, etc. Even if you get plant infestations under control with substances such as neem oil or fungicide, they can and will return simply because that’s how nature works.
Lighting Is Key
No matter what kind of plants you acquire, lighting is usually the deciding factor of its life and growth. To make it simple, sunlight is food for plants.
Oftentimes when you purchase plants, they include lighting information such as if the particular species prefers bright, medium, or low light. If your plant does not come with this information you can ask your local plant nursery or use a smartphone app such as PictureThis or PlantSnap to identify your plants and its needs overall well-being.
Ideally, most houseplants will thrive within 5 to 10 feet of a window that gets a lot of light.
Don’t Repot To Soon
There is a common trend of repotting newly purchased plants. It is understandable that people want to immerse themselves in the world of home gardening as quick as possible. However there are more cons than pros to repotting a plant and it is usually not necessary to do so for a while, years even. Only in rare occasions will a plant truly need to be repotted. Repotting your plants is not only traumatic to the plant but it can also cause a wide array of problems that we will cover in a later blog post.
Consider this, the soil that came with the plant is the most optimal for that plant and particularly chosen by the grower who knows for sure what they are doing. However, if you must repot your plants be sure to consult your local plant shop about the best soil options because while some plants do better in more dense compact soil, some plants will thrive in a more porous and airy soil.