How many times have we heard people say that they don’t have a green thumb, that all the plants they buy wither after a few months or a few days. Yet, growing houseplants is so simple. You just have to get to know them.
Making the right choice
When buying your houseplants, your choice is mainly influenced by the beauty of their foliage, the color and shape of their flowers, their particular habit and sometimes their intoxicating scent, not to mention impulsive purchases and love at first sight. You too often neglect to check the chosen plant’s growing requirements (light, heat, watering etc.). Take a few minutes to check if you and the chosen location will be able to meet the plant’s needs.
Most houseplants require maximum light to maintain a beautiful appearance, between 10 and 16 hours of light per day, both in the winter and summer. In the house, the duration and light intensity vary according to the season and the orientation of the natural light source. Windows facing north or east offer short indirect light while windows facing west or south provide more direct and longer light intensity.
Heat is a factor that influences the plant’s growth and ensures the survival of living microorganisms in the soil. As a general rule, an ambient temperature of between 18 ° and 25 ° C is ideal for growing indoor plants. However, flowering plants benefit from a cooler temperature to prolong their flowering. (East side orientation)
The fertilization needs of indoor plants vary according to the time of year and the particular needs of each. Usually 3 fertilizer inputs a year are enough to ensure good growth. Use specific natural fertilizers for indoor plants alternately during applications, i.e.;
- Apply nitrogen-rich organic fertilizer early in the season (May) to stimulate growth
- Then, in mid-June, use a fertilizer rich in phosphorus and potassium to improve flowering and give vigor to your plants.
- In mid-August, add a high-potassium fertilizer to prepare your plants for winter rest.
- Stop all fertilizer intake from the end of August until May to allow your plants to rest.
Watering indoor plants varies according to the temperature and the ambient humidity. The higher the temperature, the higher the water requirement and the cooler the temperature, the less frequently the plant requires watering. They should never be soggy, but should not run out of water either. A lack of water or water too cold when watering causes the fall and yellowing of the foliage. It is important to always water with warm water (room temperature) thoroughly and to empty the saucers 30 minutes after watering.
Not only for beauty…
With their impressive purifying properties, indoor plants are true ecosystems that contribute to improving the air quality of our homes, in addition to promoting relaxation and reducing stress.
How do they do it?
It is by using the photosynthesis and translocation phenomena that they succeed in purifying the air of our houses.
- Throughout the day, plants absorb some of the carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere that they mix with the water in the soil and release oxygen (photosynthesis), which has the effect of purifying the air we breathe.
- During the photosynthesis process, the leaves also absorb volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and pollutants in the ambient air. Its often-harmful particles are then transported to the root system (translocation) and then transformed into food that can be assimilated by the plant using the micro-organisms present in the roots and the soil.
Indoor plants are good to us, be good to them … …