Your house plants can be really rewarding if you keep them in good shape & healthy. A fit plant works great in removing harmful toxins from your indoor environment. A well cared plants looks beautiful, soothing and adds colour to your ambiance.
1. High Quality Potting Media
Hydroponics or Hydroculture technique is also growing in popularity. A good number of plants can be grown through this system. This involves growing indoor plants in a watertight container filled with support substrate (without the use of soil). Water and nutrients are supplied below the surface of the substrate. The purpose of the substrate is not only to act as a support media for the plant, but also to assist the movement of water and nutrients to plant roots. Commonly used medium include expanded clay aggregates, coir, perlite, vermiculite. Introduce water & nutrients through a water filled tube. Watering from the top may result in formation of salt crystals on the top layer of substrate. Hydroponics is much less messy since no soil is involved. Less frequent application of fertilizer is required and pest infestations are also greatly reduced.
2. Optimum Container Size
3. The Right Light
All plants need light, but the amount of light needed varies from plant to plant. Generally, plants that bloom, bear fruit or variegated (more than 1 color) foliage need more light than the plants with plain green foliage. Most indoors we know originally come from tropical & sub-tropical regions.
- Full Sun (area with atleast 5 hours of direct sunlight daily)
- Semi Sun (area that receives only couple of hours of direct sunlight in winter)
- Semi Shade (area that receives a good deal of bright, indirect light without any direct sun)
- Shade (area with no direct sunlight and somewhat shaded even at midday)
4. Water Correctly
5. Humidity Levels
8. Keep an eye on Pests
- 2 tea spoons (10 ml) of vegetable oil
- 1/8 tea spoon (0.6 ml) of dishwashing detergent
- 230 ml warm tap water.
9. Keep your Plants Clean
Reference links used:
1. – A Breath of Fresh Air, La Ronna DeBraak
2. – House Plants for a Healthy Home, Jon Van Zile
3. – The Healing Power of Plants, Fran Bailey