Plants, flowers and other foliage symbolize emotions, ideas and actions. Each plant has its own meaning and surrounding yourself with plants that symbolize things you want or value can create a positive environment. In fact, gardening has a lot of benefits. Greenery can keep away negative vibes that ruin your mood.
Research has shown that plants can help you breathe happier and boost your mood just by having them around. Plants, both indoors and out, are lovely additions to any décor too. They are generally easy to take care of and maintain. One of the most satisfying things to do is to have a healthy and productive garden.
Below list are the 5 basic ways on how to take care of your plants:
Give plants plenty of light
All plants require light for photosynthesis, the process within a plant that converts light, oxygen
and water into carbohydrates (energy). Plants require this energy in order to grow, bloom and produce seed. Without adequate light, carbohydrates cannot be manufactured, the energy reserves are depleted and plants die.
One of the primary concerns for house plants is making sure they get enough light. Keeping your plants on a side-table in your living room may look good, but if it is too far from a window, your plant may not last long. Look up the sun requirements for your specific plant, and move them to a location that matches those requirements. Keep in mind that windows facing the south side of your
Choose right soil
Identify the needs of your plant. You can’t have plants growing healthy and productive if you don’t have the right soil. It means, your soil should be fertile, permeable, loamy, and right pH. As good and healthy soil helps build up a strong, productive plant.
Garden soil can be used as the base of a homemade potting mix, but it should never be used straight in outdoor pots. To have the best and desirable result, better go for organic soil. The key to choosing the best potting soil is understanding the ingredients to base your plant’s needs.
Proper spacing is must
Proper planting space is essential. No doubt it is one of the biggest factors that contribute to the health of plants.
Each plant has its own spacing needs that’s why providing proper air circulation around the plants or choosing a large pot must be considered. Grouping the plants rightly will also help in reducing the need for weeding and the wastage of water.
If you plant flowers too close together, the plants get stressed and are prone to diseases. If air can’t properly circulate and the plants can’t dry out between waterings, fungus sets in. Roots can rot. And once plants are weakened from stress, insects move in.
Water your plants regularly
How often should plants be watered? Water once or twice per week, using enough water to moisten the soil to a depth of about 6 inches each time. It’s okay if the soil’s surface dries out between waterings, but the soil beneath should remain moist. For houseplants getting the proper balance of water can be tricky: too much water, and the roots will start to rot because of poor drainage and too little water and they’ll dry out.
The specific amounts of water needed will vary from plant to plant, as some like to be very wet all the time while others only need watering once every few weeks. Use a spray bottle or small watering can, and add enough water each time so that the soil is moist without being muddy.
Fertilize your plants
Fertilizer is a soil additive that supplies plants with nutrients. It is particularly important to fertilize indoor plants every 2-3 weeks, because there is no organic matter being added to the soil naturally as there would be outdoors.
Fertilizer is most effective when used on plants at their peak growing cycle. This is when the plant is leafing out for deciduous species, flowering, or putting on new growth after leaving the dormant winter stage. Every kind of plant requires different amounts of minerals, the type of fertilizer you need to use will vary.
Plant care isn’t always the easiest when you’re unsure of where to start. Once you learn plant care basics and find a routine, you’ll notice all the wonderful benefits of being a plant parent.