6 tips to keep your green plants alive

6 tips to keep your green plants alive

Tip 1: Choose the right varieties of green plants

First of all, it is essential to select the plants which correspond to your habitat and your way of life. It is better, for example, to favor varieties that resist the lack of light if your room overlooks a dark courtyard, and robust plants if your living room is crossed by a draft. In the same way, if you often go away for a few days, it is better to choose plants that water little, such as succulents or cacti. In general, if you don't think you have a green thumb, the best advice is to start with plants reputed to be puncture-proof, such as ivy, Schefflera, Sanseveria, Monstera or Chlorophytum. Check that the plant looks healthy before buying it and do not hesitate to take advice from gardeners. Then, when you have gained confidence in your talents as an indoor gardener, you can move on to flowering plants and more demanding varieties, knowing that it can happen to everyone that you lose plants from time to time ...

Tip 2: Repot your plants in a terracotta pot

Inside, we repot on the dining room table or the kitchen worktop!

If you bought your green plants from a florist who has already prepared the pots in the proper way, you can skip the potting stage until next year, or even the following year. On the other hand, if you have acquired plants in a small plastic pot, there is no question of simply placing them in planters! Take earthenware pots of one or two larger sizes, a bag of clay balls and a sachet of "special green plants" potting soil, and put it back! To do this, abundantly water your plant under tap water at room temperature, then let the water flow into the sink. Meanwhile, place your new pot on the kitchen worktop. Start by spreading a 2 cm layer 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 ground level and take it out of its plastic pot, then bring out some roots of the soaked clod. Place it in the hole, press gently, possibly add a little soil to plug the holes, and presto, here is your plant won! Easy, right?


Tip 3: Find the right location

The best location is always the brightest.  

The next step is to find the best location for your plants. Ideally, it should be bright without being exposed to direct rays, sheltered from drafts and away from a heating source. Concretely, we think of the well-being of the plant before thinking of 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 bathtub ... And if after a few days your plant does not seem very fit, do not hesitate to change its place until it finds its ideal place!

Tip 4: Water ... yes but not too much!

A beautiful watering can that should not be abused!  

Now that your plants have the light they need, you will also need to bring them 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 absolutely necessary to let the soil dry between two waterings and adapt to the rhythm of the seasons. In spring or summer, for example, you can water twice a week in case of high heat, while in winter you can space watering for 10 days while the soil dries ... To prevent water from drying out. bottom of the cups, the best technique is to bathe the small plants in the sink with water at room temperature, then let the water drip well before putting them back in their place. For large plants, a 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 damp soil at all times, while that others, like orchids or Tillandsias or orchids, need to be misted regularly with a sprayer for green plants…

Tip 5: Add a little fertilizer in the spring

The fertilizer must always be mixed with irrigation water, never pure!

In spring and summer, when your plants are in the growth and flowering stages, they need a little boost to thrive. Every three weeks, add a few drops of natural fertilizer for indoor plants to the irrigation water, they will thank you! However, as of September, store your bottle of fertilizer: the plants enter a period of vegetative rest and prefer to be left alone!

Tip 6: 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, it is enough to remember to "wash" the leaves well with lukewarm water to remove the dust. Otherwise, regularly clean the leaves with a cloth or a damp sponge to restore their shine. Some recommend adding a few drops of beer or milk for extra shine, why not give it a try? And for the fluffy and hairy leaves which do not support direct watering, it only remains to dust them from time to time with a brush ...

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