Plant Care

  • Water - Not too much, nor too little
  • Pots/Containers
  • Feeding
  • Humidity
  • PPositioning of the plant at home
  • Regular sponging
  • Plant placement – Sunlight to shade and vice versa.
  • When to repot

Caring for your Plants

A few useful tips and valuable advice can take your plants a long healthy way!

Selection - Choose a healthy Plant

It pays to buy your plants from a reputed outlet. Before buying plants give them a quick health check. Plants should be undamaged, have a good shape, and the leaves should show no signs of wilting. Also check for any signs of pests or diseases. Plants must be healthy if a reasonably long life is expected. Health depends on good roots and the soil medium they grow in.

Key factors which help to grow healthy plants are:

1) Water - Not too much, nor too little

Water with care. Over-watering kills more houseplants than anything else. But, give too little water and the roots will desiccate. The only remedy for an over-watered plant is to stand it in a light airy position and hope it will dry out fairly soon.

Plants in small pots, and those with hairy leaves should be watered from below. Top watering using a watering can with a narrow spout suits most plants. After watering, drain out the excess water. Do not allow the pot to stand in a saucer of water.

Watering depends on many factors -
Time of the year

During winter when most plants are semi dormant, they require less water. During summer as growth is more rapid watering is increased.

The position in the home

Plants in a dark place require considerably less water than if they are in a position with enough light.

Variety of the Plant

Fleshy leaved plants like cacti and succulents need far less water. Thin leaved plants require more.

Temperature in the room

As the temperature rises plants absorb more water. An even temperature is ideal. Never water plants in full sunlight as splashed leaves may become scorched.

2) Pots/Containers

As clay pots are porous, plants growing in them will require more water than similar plants growing in plastic pots.

3) Feeding

Regular feeding is essential for good results. Underfeeding makes the plants weak. Overfeeding can cause the roots to scorch. Slow release fertilizers, liquid fertilizers and any organic fertilizer is ideal. No feeding is required during winter, light feeding can be commenced throughout summer.

4) Humidity

Plants prefer moisture in the air. Higher the temperature ,the higher the humidity the plants require.

5) Positioning of the plant at home

Variegated plants need good light, but not too much direct sunlight. Green leaves like more shade, and can be placed in darker positions. Plants grow towards the light so it is advisable to turn their pots regularly to encourage balanced growth. Most plants thrive on moderate to bright light. Only a few plants like cacti and succulents can tolerate scorching sun.

6) Regular sponging

It is of vital importance. Plants sponged regularly will thrive and look healthier. Regular sponging can be done with a soft damp cloth or with a soft brush.

7) Plant placement – Sunlight to shade and vice versa.

Depending on the type of plant it can be kept outside once a week or fortnightly. Plants can be placed in the balcony for 2-3 days for more air and light. Once removed from indoors, plants should be placed in shade and not in direct sunlight, otherwise the leaves may burn.

8) When to repot

The best time is in summer or the rainy season. In ideal growing conditions plants can be repotted anytime of the year.

Follow these simple suggestions and see your plants thrive and bloom over the years.