This is in reply to the many people I talk to who say they only kill plants and do not have a green thumb…it’s not that hard, just pay atttention for a few minutes once or twice a week…
For your home oxygen and cleaning, plants are an easy way to get
something pretty, natural and healthful in your home.
Most house plants need water, light, good fresh soil and that’s about
it…transplant every few years to accommodate growth, too.
1. Buy a plant, or get one from your friend.
2. Find a window with light and place your plant there, rotating it
every week by about one quarter turn.
3. Water the plant either once a week, where you have humidity
or twice a week, where you have dry air.
You need about a cup of water each time for a six inch planter.
Here are the details;
If you water too much the roots will rot and the plant will die.
If you don’t water enough, the leaves will turn yellow and die.
It takes a lot to kill a plant, you really have to ignore all
the signs for over a week to kill it and then sometimes even
though a plant looks dead, watering it can revive the roots
and new growth will appear. Give it a chance, even if it
has been ‘dead’ a while.
If you have good fresh soil, don’t bother with food. Soil is food.
Over time, adding a cup of fresh soil will revive your plant’s home
food source and that’s all you need to do.
It’s nice to have a planter with a small dime size hole at the bottom
so excess water will run out, but you don’t need that if you are
careful. If you do have the hole, you’ll need some type of saucer to
catch the water.
Use a pencil to stick into the soil to test and see if the soil is
moist, insert to about an inch down. If the pencil comes out clean,
it’s probably too dry. Water it. Once you see how much water your
plant needs, and when, you won’t need the pencil test anymore. But, be
sure to check the timing again as the seasons change.
If, after a few years, your plant is growing too big and is about to
topple over, you may be able to split it at the roots and give some away or plant
another pot. Just take a pot, put slightly moist soil into it, almost
to the top, then dig a hole in the center of the soil for the plant,
and lay it down in the soil, cover up the roots and slightly up the
main stem of the plant, make sure the soil tightly packed so no air
holes form around the roots, and then add water and more soil to about
one inch down from the top edge, so water doesn’t spill over it.
Now think about where you would like to be if you were a plant…if it’s a hot spot
near a window, it’s no good for you or the plant. If it is a spot
where dry air is blowing on it from a fan or vent, most plants won’t
like that either. Other than that, just make sure you don’t have a pet
or child who will knock down your plant and you should be good to go.
Use one plant for every 100 sq ft of room to provide oxygen and cleaning properties.