A Guide To Houseplants

A simple guide to houseplants. As we spend more time at home, we are all seeking for new hobbies to entertain ourselves. So what better way to do that then get houseplants to care for? It is a great way to keep yourself busy as well as put some greenery in your house. 

Article & Photo By: Xiaolin Cai

Have you been bored being stuck at home this year? Well, a good way to spend that time at home is to go get a couple houseplants to care for. House plants have become a popular way for people to add greenery to their houses. I have a couple houseplants at home, such as bamboo and succulents. After looking through multiple lists of the best houseplants, I have put together a list of the best ones for you to consider. 

When shopping for a houseplant, the best plants to consider are the philodendron plants, snake plants, pothos plants, spider plants, peace lilies, rubber trees, ZZ plants, aloe vera and dracaena plants Other plants one could consider are the money plants, kalanchoe, english ivy, cast iron plant, lemon trees, jade plants, air plants, hawthoria plants and orchids. There are also a couple types of fig plants such as the fiddle leaf plant and the weeping fig plant. Palm trees such as the bamboo palm, areaca palm, parlor palm, kentia palm, and ponytail palm tree are also very popular houseplants to keep at home. Lastly Figs also are very popular with staghorn ferns, crocodile ferns, asparagus ferns, holly ferns, boston ferns, as well as bird’s nest ferns are some of the ones that are popular. If you’d like to have a smaller plant to keep at home to put on a table or desk cactus and succulent plants are very good options for that. These plants require less maintenance and are easier to care for. 

Caring for plants depends on the type of plant and what exactly it requires, but there are a couple of tips and factors one should keep in mind when caring for their plants. One of the most vital responsibilities is watering one’s plants. Many tend to think they don’t water their plants enough, when that is actually the opposite. Plants only need a moderate amount of water, so watering once or twice a week will usually suffice. A good sign to note on when to stop watering is when the water leaks out of the drainage holes. A way to know if your plants need watering is to pick up the pot and check if it feels really light. Make sure to have a spray bottle to spray the plants with a bit of water every once in a while – but don’t over do it. 

Any plant parent must also find a place with a good amount of sunlight because along with water,  sunlight is also very important to your plants. Other important things to note are the airflow and temperature that the plant is kept at. The plants should not be too hot or cold. A suitable temperature for many plants is 55º. Finding a soil and fertilizer that works for your plant is also a big factor on how well your plants will grow. Also note that you should wipe the leaves of your plants with a cloth every so often so the dust will not build up and cause health problems for the plants

The pot that the plants are in is also something you need to consider. The size of the pot should be an inch or two larger than the current pot if it is 10 inches or smaller. And if the size of the pot is  larger than 10 inches, then one should get a pot that is two to three inches larger. The pot should have drainage for the excess water and a porous pot will dry a bit more evenly. 

Ultimately, these tips are a head start, but one should do more research on the plant to make sure they are caring for it properly; the care for a plant can vary depending on the type of plant one has. Happy planting!

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