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Things To Consider Before Starting Your Indoor Plant Decor

by Greg on July 10, 2017

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“A passionate loop, touch or a hug in a plant is enough to open your inner eyes than going for a serious yoga or other therapies.” – By Karthikeyan V.

Many of us wish to grow a garden, but not all of us have enough space to do so. If your open area does not give you permission to grow a garden, then indoor space can be selected to have a garden. Availability of a variety of plants is such that a gardener can always be surrounded by plants all year around. A splash of healthy greenery instantly makes a room feel fresh and welcoming.

“The love of garden is a seed sown that never dies.”

Keeping plants alive and attractive is not as difficult as you think. The foremost thing that one must do is to select plants according to the conditions at your home, as a plant needs an environment as similar as possible to that where it grows naturally.

Plants need minimal care on regular basis to remain lively and blossom. Cultivating indoor plants is enjoyable and rewarding. A house plant is simply an outdoor plant which is grown indoors. Here are some garden maintenance tips to be kept in mind before starting indoor plant decor:

1.    Water

water
Over-watering has been one of the major reasons why plants are not able to survive long. The requirement of water fluctuates for different plants. Besides, temperature also plays an important role in water consumption for plants.

In sunny or warm weather, plants need frequent watering as compared to the winter season. Soil should be checked to identify whether plants are in need of water or not. Always use room temperature water for your plants to avoid shocking the roots.

2.    Light

light
Proper light should be available where you’re planning indoor plant decor. Different plants need a different amount of light. While some plants need direct sunlight, others may need only partial sunlight.

Some plants lean towards the sunlight which means they have to be turned at regular intervals, so that they grow to lean in one direction. Mostly plants need sunny rooms, but there are few others like snake plant which requires moderately light environment.

3. Space

space
Plants can’t grow in confined area. If you are planning to grow a variety of plants in a small space, this will not work at all. Plants need some amount of space where they can grow and blossom. Excessive overlapping of plants will restrict their growth. Every plant’s size is different.

It can be summed up as the differences between Spearmint and Peppermint: Spearmint grows up to 3 feet and spreads indefinitely around the entire vegetation while peppermint grows up to 1-3 feet but does not spread widely. Also, the size of the pot should have enough space to let the plant grow perfectly. Container size should be adjusted to maintain the right irrigation.

4. Humidity

humidity
Plants require more humid climate than an average home has. This is why kitchens and bathrooms turn out to be the best places where plants may grow, as the air is usually more humid in these places. You should arrange your plants on a tray filled with gravels and water.

Evaporation of water will help make the air near plants more humid. Make sure not to put pots straight in the water though!

5. Temperature

temperature
Temperature varies at our homes very frequently. Different plants need different temperature at different times, which is why you need to put them in places where temperature suits their growth. Plants needing cool temperature should be kept in cold rooms and vice-versa.

If the temperature does not suit plants, they will automatically turn yellowish followed by rubbery, less turgid leaf. Mostly plants tolerate a fairly broad range of temperature and thrive at normal temperature provided the other conditions are satisfactory.

6. Drainage

drainage
Good drainage is critical to plant health. Plants should be put in a pot that has pebbles layered at the bottom. Pebbles will lend a helping hand to keep away the roots from the water. Humidity will be provided by the mist pebbles present in the pot.

Pots should always have holes at the bottom to drain excess water. Pots with no holes will not be able to let out excess water which will result in accumulation of water in the pot and can cause root rot.

Plants add ample beauty to space. They do not need much attention but should be checked and watered at regular intervals. Unhealthy plants attract insects like a magnet and infestation can spread quickly to other plants. So fill up your parlors and conservatories with these exotic beauties and enjoy natural beauty at your home comfortably.

 

Emily Taylor

Emily Taylor has a huge passion for gardening with the urge to know and control every little thing that happens inside her house. When she isn’t glued to her backyard or caring for the house, she spends time writing her blog Lovebackyard.com hoping to share her tips and stories to people who want to transform their house into a real paradise. You can reach her at emily@lovebackyard.com or on Twitter at @Emily_Taylor9.

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