5 TIPS FOR MAINTAINING YOUR HOUSEPLANTS THIS SUMMER
Have a green thumb? Spring has came and gone. It’s not too late to add some color to your home this summer. Adding plants to your home will give it a fresher and brighter feel and may also improve your home’s air quality. Although it does take a little bit of work and consistency to maintain your plants, it’s well worth the effort. Opt for inexpensive planters that you can personalize or pots that match your decor.
Here are a few tips for keeping your house plants looking great.
1. Use leftover water from cooking. Plants love the extra nutrients from your leftover cooking water that can’t be found straight from the tap. Instead of pouring the water down your drain right after boiling vegetables, let it cool and use it to water your plants.
2. Coffee makes great fertilizer. Rather than throwing your used coffee grounds in the trash, empty out your coffee filter straight into a planter. My son did this in school for a science fair project and it works.
3. Dust your plants. This should be part of your regular dusting and cleaning routine. Keeping your plants leaves dust-free keeps them healthier. Use a small spray bottle and damp cloth.
4. Pay attention to soil types. Different plants require different soils. Do some research to discover each of your plant‘s preferred soil. For instance, succulents require sandy, dry soil. I can actually grow these.
5. Beware of root rot. Houseplants are prone to root rot because there’s often nowhere for excess water to drain from the planter. Prevent root rot by putting pebbles, small glass balls or small rocks in the bottom of the planter, this elevates the roots and allows drainage. Use a water-hydrogen peroxide mixture for plants that are already showing signs of root rot.