Watching your indoor plant babies wilting is probably one of the worst things to happen in plant parenting. Aside from the fact all your efforts are put to waste, you are also left dumbfounded as thoughts of insecurity and self-doubt start to creep in. You often ask yourself: “what have I done wrong?”
But really, what have you done wrong?
We believe that you’ve done the best that you could do. But maybe it’s about time to revisit your parenting strategies and shake things up a little bit.
To help you get over that hump in taking care of your plant babies, we asked our friends at Hello Blooms for some pieces of advice in nursing your potted little greens. They’re born with green thumbs so we know these tips will actually work.
1. Make Sure Your Plants Get Some Sun
Compared to your garden that receives abundant sunlight, your room and other areas of your house get the least natural light. But that doesn’t mean you can’t nurse your indoor plants. Just place them strategically.
Spots near the windows or veranda (if you have one) are only some of the perfectly lit spots in your house where your plant babies can grow.
2. Take It Easy On The Water
There’s no doubt that water is paramount to the life cycle of plants. But sometimes you have to chill on it, plant moms and dads! Water them regularly, yes, but too much can drown them.
To know whether your plants are thirsty, just stick your finger about an inch into the soil. If the soil feels dry, then it’s time to bring out that sprinkler or spray. Mind the signs, too! If their leaves start to become yellowish, it’s probably because they’re drowned with water.
3. Don’t Be Afraid To Drill Some Holes
Drain holes are found usually at the bottom of the pot, and there’s one major reason why they’re there. It’s to prevent your plants from drowning. While most pots already have holes on them, some don’t have any yet. So don’t be afraid to drill little holes at the bottom of your pots.
To save you the hassle, just buy the pots that already have drain holes on them. This way, you can just focus on attending to the needs of your plant babies.
Plants have their own ways of getting your attention. One is that when their leaves start to wither. It obviously means that you must cut them off already with your best pruning shears.
Aside from overall aesthetics, wilting leaves are actually bad for your plants if you leave them intact. Even though they’re already dead, they still receive nutrients from the ground. Of course, you don’t want these dead plants to hog all the energy that is meant for the healthier parts, right?
It’s the science behind pruning that you shouldn’t leave out of the process. With pruning, you’re also encouraging the plants to grow more. Once you cut your little greens at the top, they may grow further down the stem, resulting in a bushier plant.
5. Grow Plants On Healthier Soil
Normally, when you buy potted plants, they’re already planted on healthy loam soil. You just have to keep it that way.
But if you want to try your hands on growing your own plants from the ground up, it’s important to know that your soil is healthy. Don’t worry, your trusted nurseries can offer you high-quality types of soil and organic fertilizers to keep it in good health.
6. Dust-Off Your Plants
Just like your furniture, your plant babies will gather up some dust sooner or later. When that happens, you have to wipe them off with a wet cloth. That’s because dust can impede your plant’s ability to absorb light. And sunlight, as you know very well, is one of the major sources of energy of plants. Without it, they won’t be able to make their own food to stay alive.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to be born with a green thumb (although we’re still jealous to those who have it) to keep your plant babies alive and growing. Sometimes what they need are just the right amount of sun, water, and tender loving care from their plant moms and dad.
If you’re ready to be a plant parent once again, you can shop for your little potted greens at Hello Blooms. They boast a wide range of collection and can deliver the plants straight to you wherever you are in Melbourne. So shop around!