How To Grow Happy and Healthy Houseplants

IMG_1574Gardening indoors can be a challenge for many people, but it doesn’t have to be. Everyone can enjoy the many benefits of foliage houseplant in their home.

In addition to cleaning the air of volatile chemicals studies have show that plants can improve your overall health and mental sharpness.

Today I’m sharing my easy tips on choosing and caring for houseplants.

The first question I always ask my clients is, where would you like add plants to your home? And what type of light exposure does the room have? This is key!
All indoor foliage prefer filtered, indirect light.
Make sure you know the lighting exposure…is the light bright or a strong southern exposure, or is the light bright only in the morning, for a strong northeastern exposure…or late in the afternoon for a western exposure.
Different plants like different light exposure.

Look for plants that have lush dark green leaves, no yellowing or brown edges.

The plant should have a nice full shape…no bare stems or wilting to the leaves.

Now you have chosen a beautiful plant you’ll need to know how to care for it.

I always tell my clients to follow, what I like to call the Lucky 7 rules for happy and healthy houseplants.

1. Keep plants away from any forced hot air or heat vents and drafty doors or windows.

2. Plants like a temperature fluctuation from day to night to be no more than 10-15 degrees, this will also depend on the variety of plant.

3. Allow plants to dry thoroughly between each watering. If you water excessively this can lead to insect problems, like fungus gnats. I recommend using a moisture meter to help you learn what is too wet or too dry.

4. Keep a calendar, mark down the day you water and then in a week check to see if plant dries out sufficiently in that time frame. If so, then water, if not wait a day or two.

5. Back off fertilizing. During the winter months refrain from weekly fertilizing and begin again in March.

6. Provide lots of humidity… mist foliage 2-3x a week.

7. And don’t for get to rotate your plants a quarter or half turn weekly to avoid phototropism, plants can lean into the light and becoming lopsided.

I hope these few easy tips will encourage you to garden indoors this winter season.