Tips for Keeping Houseplants Alive
There is something about housing a living plant that brings freshness and warmth into a home. I've managed to keep my plants alive, and there are a few methods to the madness that I thought might help you. Be gone, black thumb. Hello, green thumb.
AERATE THE SOIL
The soil in a potted plant can get packed down, which can stifle the growth potential. Every 6 months or so, use a garden tool, or even just a pencil, and poke holes into the soil to aerate it.
Giving plants too much water is a fast-track way to kill almost anything. Check the specific recommendations on the tag when you purchase the plants, but a simple rule of thumb is to water about every 5-8 days. Succulents, aloe, orchids, and cacti need less water, so try a few drops directly in the soil every 2 weeks or so, or try using a small glass spray bottle. A dehydrated plant is much easier to bring back to life than an over-watered one.
TRIM DEAD LEAVES REGULARLY
Prune the dead leaves as soon as they start to turn, so the plant will use its energy to birth new leaves, as opposed to spending energy keeping a dying bits alive. These shears are great to have on hand for thicker plants.
WIPE DUST AWAY
Plants with big, waxy leaves, like a fiddle leaf, need to be wiped down about once a month. Use a wet paper towel and gently wipe the dust from the leaves to keep them healthy and "breathing".
UPGRADE THE POT
Most plants that continue growing well, will need a bigger pot to account for larger roots, and possibly taller leaves. If the base of the leaves or trunk start to look crowded, it's time.