How to care for low-maintenance plants

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams ELITE Realty



plantsNo matter how "low-maintenance" you plants are, they will still need our attention once in a while in order to preserve over-all health and beauty. Simply set time once a month during spring and summer months for gardening.
  • Fertilize. Plants in spring need all the nutrients they can get to grow back after winter months of dormancy. You can use the store-bought ones or go green by using compost.
  • Spray for bugs. Pests such as aphids and mealy bugs also look for some plants to chew on after winter so better protect your plants using environmental-safe pesticides. You can opt to go real natural by boiling grandpa’s ordinary tobacco cigar in 5 litters of water for 15 minutes, cool it down. Then using a spraybottle, squirt the water to plant leaves the usual way.
  • Weed-out dominating plants. Weeds out of place such as creeping ivies and tall grass will begin to show-up during summer months. They may steal space and nutrients from your own plants. They also tend to outgrow and strangle your plants in the process. Simply remove the weeds while you can before they do damage to your garden.
  • Refresh potting soil. Contact your local gardening supply for fresh new potting soil. Re-potting is a good way to loosen-up compacted soil on the plant’s roots.
  • Check drainage- potted plants get drowned easily so better check if the water seeps right out of the planter. Make sure that the pots have ample holes in it as well as a saucer to catch water underneath. Garden plants also need some trenches dug around the plants to let excess water out when the rain comes.
  • Rotate indoor plants. Indoor plants need some amount of sunshine too. Prepare 2 batches of plants, with the first batch to decorate inside the house. Place the second batch to indirect sunlight like the north window or the patio. Switch the plants once or twice a week, depending to the plant variety.
There could be nothing more beautiful and as natural as a house with healthy plants around it. Simply set some vacant time for them and see them grow. With a little education and care, your plants will add more value to any house beyond aesthetics.

Reposted from Josh Bath Team blog


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The Josh Bath Team

Keller Williams Elite Realty


Comments (5)

Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

And, talk to them?  I have never done this, but think about doing it!


Oct 26, 2011 04:46 PM
Carlotta Remong
Berkshire Hathaway HS N.E. Prime Properties - Newport, RI

Josh,  Great post on plant maintenance. I never know what to do about fertilization. Thanks for sharing.

Oct 26, 2011 04:50 PM
Josh Bath
Keller Williams ELITE Realty - Coquitlam, BC
The Josh Bath Team

@liz, well yeah talking to them helps the gardener more than the plant, that is what I know. @Carlotta store-bought fertilizers got to have product instructions on the label, and needs to be applied once or every two months, depends on the product. While compost (the organic one made out of household scraps) is usually mixed with the gardening soil prior to planting/repotting and needs to be refilled every three to six months. 

Oct 26, 2011 05:00 PM
Terronald Logan
Keller Williams Realty - Austin, TX
Realtor, Homes for Sale - Austin, Texas

Hey Josh!  I just recently signed up for AR... I'm kind of the new kid on the block in thes parts and just happened to see your post here as I scrolled the main blog page.  Glad to find you on here and hope all is well in your neck of the woods; also hope that NLP class went great.  This is a great post, also... lots of tips I'd never heard of, like the cigar trick.  Good stuff!  Chat soon, friend.

Oct 26, 2011 05:44 PM
Mary Macy
Top Agents Atlanta Metro - Roswell, GA
Top Agents Atlanta Metro

I like the once a month plan!!!  The secret is having low maintenance plants.

Oct 26, 2011 06:03 PM