The 5 Ways to Look After Your Indoor Plants

There is something about bringing the outdoor greens to the indoors. Having house plants is the greatest way to brighten up and create a welcoming space for your home.

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04.02.2021

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There is something about bringing the outdoor greens to the indoors. Having house plants is the greatest way to brighten up and create a welcoming space for your home. But if you ever think of taking care of houseplants is hard, you might just change your mind after this. Although there are some indoor plants that do need hard work, there are also easy indoor plants that don’t require someone with green thumbs to grow or care for them. With the only proper know-how, you’ll make a great plant-parent to your indoor plants!

1. Underwatering is better than overwatering

To make sure if your plants are thirsty or perfectly hydrated, stick your finger in the soil to determine how wet it is below the surface. Watering indoor plants can be a little bit tricky because indoor plants tend to suffer more from overwatering. But not all houseplants are the same–plants with a thick leaf will need more water than plants with waxy or leathery leaves.

The easiest way to measure soil moisture is to stick your index finger into the soil for 1-2 inches. If it feels dry and the soil falls from your finger, there is a chance that your plant is thirsty. But if it’s the other way around–the soil sticks to your finger, it’s moist.

2. Understand the natural sunlight level for your plants

As much as sunlight is important for your plants in order for them to photosynthesize, different plants require different tolerance levels to direct sunlight. Knowing the right intensity of sunlight for your plants is essential. To help you determine the perfect light for your plants, let’s get to know several types of light there are in your home.

Bright light

giok, jade plant

Jade Plant for Indoor plant

Bright light means a sunny southern or western facing window that receives the maximum amount of light from direct sunlight the whole day. Some plants that need direct sunlight are:

  • Jade plant:
    They do best in a room that is exposed to direct sunlight
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig:
    A lot of sunlight will keep your Fiddle Leaf Fig plants healthy. Lack of sunlight will cause their leaves to turn yellow, have brown spots, and causes leaf-drop.

Bright Indirect light

This is a place where the plant will get a few hours of sunlight only during the day. Here are some houseplants that require indirect sunlight:

  • Snake plant:
    Although they will survive in a low light room, they will thrive best with a bright indirect light.
  • Spider plant:
    They do not mind direct sunlight, but too much bright and hot sunlight will burn their leaves. They are a perfect indirect light plant and are also perfect as a hanging plant.
  • Staghorn Fern:
    They are used to grow in light that is filtered through the branches of trees, Staghorn Fern prefers to be in bright indirect sunlight.

Low light

Peace Lily

Beautiful white flowers and green leaves tropical flower Spathiphyllum on a dark background.

It is a place where your plants do not get direct sunlight. Rooms with a north-facing window (if you are in a northern hemisphere) or the other way around do not get direct sunlight. Which indoor plants require low sunlight?

  • Peace Lily:
    They thrive in moist soil and will bloom their flowers in a darker room
  • Philodendron:
    An easy-to-grow indoor plant and can grow in low light rooms.

Remember, different kinds of plants need different amounts of sunlight. So, knowing your houseplants mean knowing how to measure the right intensity of sunlight that your houseplants need. Because too much or too little sunlight can seriously affect your plants’ lives.

3. Right temperature and good airflow

To keep your houseplants healthy, you need to provide them with the right temperature and good airflow around the house. If the room temperature is too cold, it can lead your houseplant to die. Usually, the ideal temperature for houseplants is between 15-24 degrees celsius. Meanwhile, proper ventilation in your house is important to maintain a good airflow for your plants’ health.

4. Choose a pot with good drainage

Without a drainage hole on the pot, your plant will suffocate. Your houseplants need at least one drainage hole to make sure all the water runs freely through the soil and will not drown your plant. On the other hand, excessive drainage will not do any good to your plant–it will only leave your plant dehydrated.

5. Fertilizing is important

Your plants need nutrients for them to grow healthy and beautiful, just like us humans, and fertilizer works as a multivitamin for plants. Nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium are the key nutrients that come in fertilizer that help plants to grow. The only way to fertilize your houseplants is to not overdo it, giving too much fertilizer will kill your plants.

Now, let’s take a look at some houseplants that are easy to grow and to take care of!

ZZ Plants

ndoor home Plant. Zanzibar Gem, ZZ Plant

Indoor home Plant. Zanzibar Gem, ZZ Plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia). flowering plant in front of grey concrete wall. Copy space

Not only that they are considered good air purifiers for homes, but ZZ plant (Zamioculcas Zamifolia) is also the perfect starter plant for a new plant-parent. They will survive even in the lowest light conditions and you do not need to water them frequently. Which means that they will survive with infrequent watering. Wait for their soil to dry out before the next watering.

Since they are toxic, it is suggested to wear hand gloves when you need to prune them and wash your hands after touching them. That being said, keep them away from pets and children!

Monstera Deliciosa

Giant Monstera (Philodendron Monstera)

Giant Monstera (Philodendron Monstera) in rattan basket with pink background

Caring for Monstera Deliciosa is not as hard as you think it is. Monstera Deliciosa is a low maintenance indoor plant, they will thrive even if you neglect them. The only thing you need to know to care for Monstera Deliciosa is to give them the right amount of light and do not overwater them.

Succulents

The perfect small indoor plants for those who don’t have a green thumb. The only thing you need to know is to give them plenty of sunlight for at least six hours a day and they do not fancy wet soil. Choosing the right soil for your succulent is essential, they need soil that absorbs and drains water. Succulents will appreciate cactus soil or potting mix for succulents with sand, perlite, or pumice.

Air Plants

Air plants or Tillandsia do not need soil to thrive. Instead, they get all of the water and nutrients they need to live from the air through their leaves. Give them bright indirect light and constant air circulation, and they will thank you. Every once a month, submerge them in water and mist them with diluted fertilizer.

Rubber Plant

Planting Rubber plant

If you are looking for an easy-to-care indoor plant, rubber plant is for you–with glossy and leathery leaves, they are a perfect indoor plant to complement your home. The way to care for rubber plants is to not expose them to direct sunlight and you do not need to water them frequently. Rubber plants are easy to grow in a home.

Pothos

pothos, devil's ivy

Golden pothos or Epipremnum aureum at window in the bedroom home and garden

It’s the perfect choice of plant to get you started for your indoor plants’ collection. Pothos can grow in water or in dry soil and they do well in both indirect sunlight and low light, but will not love to be exposed to direct sunlight. Although they thrive best in nutrient-rich soil, they still do well in poor nutrient soil. That said, Pothos are undeniably the easiest houseplants to grow and care of.