The third week in September of each year marks National Indoor Plant Week and promotes the importance of having live plants in your interior spaces. Not only do indoor plants provide beautiful and natural decor, they also help to clean the air, create oxygen and remove carbon dioxide. Indoor plants can lower your risks of getting sick and boost your mood. Looking to increase your productivity and creativity levels? Add a few plants to your indoor space!
If you’re new to indoor planting and need an easy start, here are a few tips to get you on the right track:
- Turn your plants around every month so they will grow evenly.
- Avoid fertilization during winter, but reserve it for spring and summer.
- Use pots that have holes (with a saucer under to catch drips, of course).
- Take some of your plants outside during warmer weather and let them sit under the shade for a little growth boost.
- Buy a moisture meter to help you learn how much water each plant needs. This will avoid over-watering.
- Systemic insecticides get sprinkled on the surface of soil and absorb into plants. Be sure to use one to keep bugs out of your home.
- Tidy up by cutting browned pieces off of the leaves.
- Be patient! Most plants will need a little time to get used to their new environment. Extra leaves may fall in the first few weeks, but don’t panic.
- If you want some easy, low-maintenance plans to begin with, try succulents, spider plants, or sansevierias. They are all easy to care for and won’t die at the first minor sign of neglect.
- Dust can collect on plant leaves, just like it can pile on anything else inside the home. At least once per month, wipe down your leaves with a soft cloth or take larger plants to the bathroom for a gentle shower with room temperature water.
Keeping indoor plants doesn’t have to be as daunting as you may think. Be patient with yourself and attain as many or as little as you please! The natural benefits plants provide are worth it to make your home a brighter, cleaner and happier space.