Living plants are a beautiful, warm, irreplaceable addition to your home decor. They bring life to your home and help keep it fresh through all four of Missouri’s seasons. You can add accents, create depth, soften the edges, and do so much more with live plants. Great interior designers will tell you to have at least one pot in your home. Having interior plants is much like having exterior landscaping, beautiful.
Unfortunately, keeping the plants alive is not as easy as it seems, and you may know this from personal experience. So, if your plants do more dying than living, here are six simple tips for keeping them alive.
1. Pick Easy Plants!
If you’ve struggled with keeping plants alive, it may be time to choose some of the “harder” plants to kill. Try to purchase plants that will do well inside. These are typically ones that prefer indirect sunlight and don’t require a lot of watering and maintenance. Here is a list of forgiving indoor plants provided by HGTV. If you still need help, feel free to contact us at any time.
2. Don’t over or under water
It may seem obvious, but it’s important to water your plants. To keep from over-watering or under-watering your plants, try setting one to two days each week to water your plants. Make this a routine! If you feel like this will be a struggle, here is a product that will make simple tasks even easier! Just remember, you wouldn’t forget to feed your children, would you?
3. Your plants need light and warmth to survive.
When you’re away for business or off on vacation, don’t forget about your green friends. Make sure that someone else knows to keep the blinds open and the thermostat up. If you haven’t learned already, it doesn’t take much time to take a plant from healthy to near death.
4. Plants Acclimate Slowly
Plants adapt to different surroundings by changing their leaf orientation and structure. If possible, try not to move them around, as they may not adjust as quickly as you might think. Once your plants are comfortable, try to leave them there to help prolong a healthy lifestyle.
Having the right amount of drainage is crucial to a plant’s health. Pots without holes will keep every bit of water in, and more than likely will cause a certain degree of root rot. Root rot is a lot like having a foot fungus, except for plants.
Regularly prune your plants to stop them becoming ‘leggy.’ Once a plant has lost its foliage on the lower branches, it is challenging to get it to return. February/March are great times to prune your plants.
If after reading this you are still in doubt, please contact us, and we will be happy to help. We encourage you to do some research on the plants that would suit your lifestyle best. If you would speak to one of us in person, please call! 417-840-2863 to set up an appointment. Custom Creations is happy to service southwest Missouri.