Some of us are natural when it comes to helping our houseplants thrive, while others don’t have a green bone in their body. Much to our dismay, we were actually some of the ones who weren’t born with green genes. We decided to help ourselves and everyone else who wants to have their home/office more on the “foresty” side but can’t keep plants alive. So, here are 5 surprisingly easy ways to ensure no indoor houseplant dies on your watch again.
1. Be BFFs with your plant
The number one thing you properly need to do first is finding out everything you can about your plant. That means knowing its name, origin, what weather conditions it prefers and how much water and sun it needs. Every plant needs different things and while your Golden Pothos can last up to a week without water, your Peace Lily will wilt and die if you don’t provide a proper humid environment that resembles its tropical rainforest origins. It’s also crucial to know that the plant you’re getting actually is an indoor plant. You could be doing everything right, but if you’re not giving it enough sun, it’s a goner.
2. Your plant can’t swim
I guess that goes without saying, but you know what we mean. Drowning your plant is a real thing and is probably one of the most common methods most of us kill houseplants. A good rule of thumb is to stick a finger an inch in the soil close to the edge of the pot if it’s dry then water away. Something else you need to keep in mind when watering your plants is if your pot provides proper drainage. Drainage means your pot has holes on the bottom that allows excess water to escape so your plant’s soil doesn’t swim in too much water. If the pot doesn’t have enough drainage, the soil will eventually lead to root rot and your plants’ death. You can save your plant if you under-water but overwatering isn’t something you can save your green friends from.
3. Let there be light, or not
It really depends on what your plant needs. So pay close attention to where you place your beloved houseplant. Don’t just put your plant pot in a spot that will serve your decor well, you need to think if there’s enough light (or lack of) for the plant to thrive. Also, it’s really important to know if your plant grows towards the sun. If that’s the case, you need to turn your plant in its place every once in a while so it grows evenly towards the light.
4. Plants Pots Priorities
The thing is when most people think plant pots, they think decor. As much as it’s nice to get a pot that adds an aesthetic aspect to your space, it’s important for the plants’ life to choose a pot that fits right. Pots should be slightly larger than the original pot the plant came in. As plants grow they’ll eventually need to be re-potted when doing so make sure you don’t place the plant in a much bigger size pot as this could shock the plant (I’m being serious, plants do go into shock and could possibly die because of it). Of course, as we mentioned before, you need to have a pot with drainage holes that are large enough to allow the excess water to drain.
5. Your plant could use a caffeine buzz
If all else fails, you could use coffee to liven up saggy or dying houseplants. Yes, I said coffee. You could mix a packet of instant coffee with a few Tbs of water or sprinkle coffee grounds directly on the soul and water the plant. The minerals and nutrients in coffee help give your plant an instant pick-me-up, so it’s leaves will look alive again. Just make sure your plant loves acidic soil like we said be bffs with your plant first.