How to care for you indoor plants

December 10th, 2010  |  Published in TIPS

1 Temperature tab: Most houseplants do well in daytime temperatures between 65-75 degrees F. It should be 10-15 degrees lower at night. Don’t place your plant where they are subject to hot or cold air drafts.

2 Moisture please: Most foliage plants require humidity of at least 15-20 per cent. Heating the home during the winter reduces the humidity to desert levels. Use a room humidifier or spray the plants with water to retain the humidity.

3. Drain it: Use pots and containers with drainage holes. Pots can be sterilized by soaking them in a 10:1 solution of chlorine bleach and water.

4. Fertilize well: Fertilize growing plants every two months, but don’t fertilize dormant plants. Plants need less fertilizer under low-light conditions. Burned or dried leaf edges and wilted plants are a sign of excess fertilizer application.

5 Sunny side up: Plants at the western window are exposed to a much higher temperature. Putting plants outside in the summer often revitalizes them. Rotate the plant daily for uniform sunlight.


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