Indoor plants are beautiful and good to have around not only for aesthetic purposes but also because of their air-cleaning abilities. When caring for houseplants, it is essential to know the routines that are essential to plant growth and plant health. Make sure that your plants are getting enough water and regular grooming to keep them in tiptop shape. Here are some easy-to-follow steps in houseplant care.
From the top:
- Pour water along the inside rim of the pot, not close to the center of the plant. (That can result in rotting.)
- Never get water on the leaves, which on other plants (African violets, teddy bear vine) would spot when you do. Water the plant until it oozes out the drainage hole(s) into the saucer and empty the saucer.
From the bottom:
- Watering plants from the bottom takes a little more time, but it's best for plants susceptible to crown rot or leaf spot. Fill up the kitchen sink, bathtub or dishpan with one to three inches of water (depending on pot sizes), set the pots (with no saucers) in and leave them till moisture beads up on the soil surface. Completely drain them. Never bottom water succulents or cacti.
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