Caring For Your Indoor House Plants

Caring for your indoor house plants: this article will help many home owners to take care of their indoor plants better and preserve the aesthetis beauty of the plant.

Plants give a different atmosphere to the home and, once taken care of, can provide much sense of pride and joy to the plant owner. However, plant owners, especially those who have hectic schedules, are often unable to properly take care of their indoor plants and are often seen depressed over yet another dead plant. Replacements are often very expensive and the cheapest alternatives are imitations. Now, who really want those?

In order to avoid the avoidable, plant owners should first begin to know how to take care of an indoor plant. A special not to bear - the plants may be indoor but does not necessarily mean they can be locked indoors! This is often the misconception of the plant owner. Plants may be for indoor purposes, but like other plants outside they need the essential things for survival. These are:

1). Adequate lighting - preferably rays of delicious sunlight and not the rays of heat from the study lamp



2). Adequate ventilation - the porch/verandah is a good location for this and not necessarily the kitchen corner (the one near the oven!)

3). Adequate water - a must if the plant is expected to live.

When buying an indoor plant, owners should take it as their responsibility to find out from the sales people about the plant. How many times should the plant be watered? About how tall or wide will the plant grow in the future? These are just some of the questions to ask when purchasing the indoor plant.

It is essential that these questions are considered as what can go for one plant is not necessarily so for all other plants. For example, a cactus does not need as much water as other plants. Another consideration when buying indoor plants is the type of soil that the plant is best grown in. A twist to this is whether the indoor plant needs any soil at all to grow in. An example of this is the various types of orchids. These beautiful indoor as well as outdoor plants can grow by clinging its roots onto old logs and rocks and stone.

Adequate lighting is most important for the indoor plant. When not given their fair share of this life rejuvenating agent, the plant, will of course, die. Their leaves begin to brown and, overall, show signs of imminent death. The sun's rays help the plant to break down the substances in its system for the purpose of food and enable the plant to grow.

Another problem faced by the indoor plant is a dual one - too much or too little water is given on a regular basis. First, owners should find out, the potential water needs of their new plant and try to schedule the plant's watering times. This will become very necessary. If the plant is given water based on experience with a different plant then it may suffer from being over-watered or not watered enough.

In summary potential indoor plant owners need to make it their point of duty to find out about the type of plant they are purchasing before leaving the store. This is most important as not all plants can be treated alike. The pleasure in coming home to a beautifully spread plant on the porch or in the kitchen - more near the open window than on the counter above the stove - will be pleasure beyond words.

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