No plant resists you and you have finally persuaded yourself that you do not have a green thumb? Do not panic, just know some simple tricks for the plant kingdom to finally flourish under your roof. Green plants, instructions for use.
Tip 1: Choosing the right varieties of green plants
First and foremost, it’s essential to select the plants that fit your habitat and lifestyle. For example, it is better to opt for varieties that resist the lack of light if your room faces a dark courtyard, and sturdy plants if your living room is crossed by draft. In the same way, if you often go away for a few days, it is better to choose plants that do not water a lot, such as succulents or cacti.
In general, if you do not think you have a green thumb, the best advice is to start with plants renowned for being indestructible, such as ivy, Schefflera, Sanseveria, Monstera or Chlorophytum.Check that the plant looks healthy before you buy it and do not hesitate to take advice from garden vendors. Then, when you have gained confidence in your indoor gardening skills, you can switch to flowering plants and more demanding varieties knowing that it can happen to everyone to lose plants from time to time …
Tip 2: Repot your plants in a terracotta pot
If you bought your plants at a florist who has already prepared the pots in the rules of art, you can skip the step of repotting until next year, or even the following year. On the other hand if you have bought plants in a small plastic pot, there is no question of simply placing them in flowerpots! Bring clay pots of one or two sizes larger, a bag of clay balls and a bag of potting soil “special plants green”, and rem-po-tez!
For this, thoroughly water your plant under tap water at room temperature, then allow the water to drain into the sink.Meanwhile, place your new pot on the kitchen worktop. Start by spreading a layer of 2 cm of clay balls to facilitate drainage, then add potting soil by digging a hole in the center with a tablespoon. Grasp the plant by the stem at the level of the earth and take it out of its plastic pot, then bring out some roots of the soaked root ball. Place it in the hole, push in gently, add a little soil to fill the holes, and presto, here is your plant won! Easy, no?
Tip 3: Finding the Right Location
The next step is to find the best location for your plants. Ideally, it should be bright without being exposed to direct rays, protected from drafts and away from a heating source.Concretely, we think about the well-being of the plant before thinking about its decorative aspect and we never put a green plant on a radiator or at the bottom of a dark room.
On the other hand nothing prevents you from putting your plants in suspension in front of the window, on a high shelf, on the fridge or even on the edge of the bath … And if after a few days your plant does not seem very in shape, do not hesitate to change her place until she finds her ideal place!
Tip 4: Water … yes, but not too much!
Now that your plants have the light they need, they will also need to bring water, but without drowning them! In theory, it is recommended to water most plants once a week on a fixed day.But in practice, it is essential to let the soil dry between two waterings and adapt to the rhythm of the seasons. In the spring or summer, for example, we can water twice a week in case of strong heat, while in winter we can space the watering of 10 days the time that the dry land …
To prevent the water from settling in the bottom of the cups, the best technique is to sink the small plants in the sink with water at room temperature, then let the water drain well before putting them back in their place . For large plants, a passage in the shower is ideal, otherwise be careful not to let water stagnate at the bottom of the pots …
Finally, some varieties such as papyrus need to have their feet in a permanently wet soil, while others, such as orchids or Tillandsias or orchids, need to be misted regularly with a green plant sprayer…
Tip 5: Clean the leaves
Finally, for plants that breathe health, remember to dust them regularly! If you have opted for watering under tap water or in the shower, just think of “washing” the leaves with lukewarm water to remove the dust.Otherwise, clean the sheets regularly with a damp cloth or sponge to restore their radiance. Some recommend adding a few drops of beer or milk for more shine, why not try? And for downy and hairy foliage that does not support direct watering, it only remains to brush off dust from time to time with a brush …
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