House plant care

September 7, 2007 RENU

1. Chk regularly: For decay, rotting, insects, spots, any sign of poor health & watering needs.
2. Water: Don’t drown as roots need air as well as water. Water according to their type & reqt.
3. Provide fresh air: Avoid fluctuating temp & stuffiness. Sunburn is often a problem when placed on a windowsill.
4. Group plants together: Nearly all plants look better & grow better when grouped. Make sure their needs are compatible, i.e. water, light, food.
5. Keep plants dirt free: Bathe every 3ws to keep pores open, reduce insect attack. Let them dry before placing them in hot sun. However if plants r infected with fungal or bacterial disease, washing will create more problems & spread the disease.
6. Turn plant: one-quarter turn each wk will prevent it from growing unevenly towards light.
7. Treat trouble promptly: Donot delay.
8. Loosen surface soil: occasionally if it becomes coated & hard without damaging roots.
9. Remove dead leaves & flowers from plants as harbour diseases which can be fatal to plant.
10. Give plant a rest: Nearly all plants need rest in winter, which means less water, less feeding, less heat than in active growing period.
11. Repot: After 1yr or 2, most plants will need to be repotted as too big for current pot. They begin to look very sick & struggling to grow.
12. When u’re on vacation: Simple & effective method to prevent plant from drying out is to water it thoroughly & wrap both pot & plant with plastic. Before wrapping, cut away unhealthy foliage, any buds about to open. Keep the plant away from direct sunlight & heating vents.

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