Taking care of houseplants is not always easy and you want to make sure you are doing the best possible job. You don’t want to spend money on beautiful blooms for your home, only for them to die within weeks of you buying them.
The question is, how can you really tell if your houseplant is healthy and if it’s going to survive in its place in your home? There are signs your can look out for which may suggest there is a problem with your plant.
Is your plant too dry?
All plants require some water to grow and thrive, so how can you tell if you are watering your plant enough. If a plant is in need of more moisture, you may notice:
- Leaves that are wilting
- Leaves that are turning brown on the edges
- A lack of blooms, or blooms that don’t last
Are you over compensating and watering your plant too much?
It’s not just under watering that can do damage to a plant, it can be tempting to go completely the other way and give a plant too much water. But how can you tell if your plant is getting too much moisture?
- Leaves may turn brown on their tips
- Young leaves may be brown in appearance
- Blooms can experience mold
You can see how both over watering and under watering can cause the appearance of your plant to change so you can tell that it’s not healthy.
Is the amount of light causing problems for your plant?
You need to be careful that your plant is not in a place in your home where it is getting too much light. Keep an eye on your plants and look for changes in their appearance that may suggest this is the case. Your plant may start wilting, or you may be able to see patches of yellow on the leaves which are scorch marks. If you notice any of these signs you will need to experiment with situating the plant in different parts of your home.
Of course your plant may also be getting less light than it needs; this can happen in particularly shady parts of your home. If you see that a plant is starting to look stringy rather than chunky this can be a sign that it’s in need of more light. You may also notice that its foliage starts to grow in the direction of the light – read more at gaddys.
How can feeding affect your plant?
Plants need to be fed when they are growing or blooming; if this doesn’t happen it can have a serious detrimental effect on the health of the plant. You will notice that your plant doesn’t bloom the way it should or the blooms don’t last. You may also notice that its leaves are lackluster and drooping. In order to prevent this from happening you need to make sure that plants are fed every 10 to 14 days during their blooming and growing period.