Fans of green plants praise their beauty (ideal for brightening up an interior) as much as their benefits, in particular their depolluting properties for the ambient air. However, for these pretty plants to embellish our interiors for a long time, they need to be pampered a little. Otherwise, they can quickly wither! And contrary to myth, you don’t necessarily have to have a green thumb to keep your plants alive. Very often, basic practices are more than enough to maintain them. Fellow gardeners, if you want to keep your houseplants healthy, learn the common mistakes to avoid.
Mistake n°1: Put your houseplants towards a heat source
Whether it’s a radiator or a fireplace, close proximity to a heat source can kill a non-hardy plant at high speed. As for tropical plants, used to high heat, they don’t appreciate I’dry air caused by the radiator. You will therefore have to mist their foliage more often to maintain a sufficient humidity level. Not very practical! Finally, remember that heat promotes the proliferation of red spider mites. For all these reasons, choose a location away from radiators for your indoor plants.
Mistake #2: Watering with cold water
Plants do not like thermal shocks and the most delicate ones could therefore quickly waste away. So use water at room temperature for successful watering!
Mistake #3: Giving houseplants too much water (or not enough!)
Too much is often the enemy of good, especially when you start gardening. Also, beware of stagnant water in the cup or cache-pot which can drown the roots and suffocate a green plant. Before taking out the watering can, always check the condition of the ground. If it is still damp, there is no need to water. On the contrary, if the surface of the soil is dry, it is time to give it some water. For optimal watering, also take care of the drainage. This helps in the evacuation of water and its good distribution. To drain the soil well, add clay pebbles or perlite to the bottom of the pot.
Error n°4: A poorly chosen exposure for plants
Light is essential for photosynthesis. However, that doesn’t mean your houseplants need to bask in the sun all day. Besides, a direct sun can scorch their flowers and leaves ! Direct sun exposure should therefore generally be avoided.
Before “adopting” a plant, do not hesitate to check the brightness it needs. Full sun, partial shade, etc. Depending on the light needed, always think about where you can put them before buying them. So you will never be caught off guard. For example, for orchids, a bright, but veiled window will be ideal.