How to prevent indoor plants from dying?


You did it. You took on the responsibility of caring for a plant. It was so beautiful there, in the nursery, so healthy, without any plague and, perhaps with flowers of incomparable beauty, that you could not avoid buying it. However, a week has passed and it is already drying out. Why?

You never intended to become a “killer” of plants, but you worry that the same thing always happens to you: at first they are perfect, but as days go by you end up having to discard them. It begins to be urgent to know how to prevent indoor plants from dying. We help you discover it .

There are no indoor plants

Phalaenopsis orchid flowers

This is the first thing you need to know. There are no plants that grow naturally inside homesfor the simple reason that plant beings have existed for more than 300 million years and human beings began to live between blocks not more than a few centuries ago. What happens is that there are some species that cannot be kept outside in some areas. For example, if you live in an area where frosts occur, if you put an orchid in your garden it will die as soon as the temperatures drop below 5ºC, and the same will happen with any other tropical plant grown outdoors in temperate climates- cold.

Choose plants that can be grown at home

In nurseries, sometimes unintentionally, they label some plants as “indoor” when in reality they cannot adapt to the conditions we have at home. The most common case is that of cactus, succulent plants y SimilarUnless you have a room with lots of natural light, low humidity and no drafts, they will most likely not last more than a few months. So that you can choose the most appropriate one, here is a list:


Group of Anthurium in bloom


Aspidistra leaves


Epipremnum aureum or pothos


Compact dracaena

Image – Bunnik Plants


Inflorescence of the Spatiphyllum


Ludisia discolor plant

Water them only when necessary

Watering is one of the most difficult tasks. In order not to be mistaken, I am not going to recommend that you indicate on your calendar when you have to water your plants, but that you check the humidity of the earth. This is a much more reliable method, which will help you not to put its roots at risk. You just have to insert a thin wooden stick: if when you extract it it comes out with a lot of adhering soil, do not water.

Another option is to take the pot once it has been watered and again after a few days. This difference in weight can serve as a guide to know when to water. And by the way, do not forget to remove the remaining water from the plate or tray ten minutes after watering.

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Fertilize them so they grow healthy and strong


In addition to water, plants need “food” in order to grow. The substrate contains nutrients, but as the roots absorb them, it runs out. Thus, it is very important to pay them, especially during spring and summerwith specific fertilizers that you will find in the nurseries, or with natural products that you have in the kitchen, such as coffee grounds, tea bags, egg and banana shells, etc.

Do preventive treatments against pests

Even if you have the plants indoors, unfortunately they can be affected by pests. Aphids, mealybugs, trips,… How to prevent it? Very simple: doing preventive treatments with natural products, such as neem oil, potassium soap, or with these home remedies that we suggest in this article.

Change them pot from time to time

Young mandarin seedlings

One of the most common mistakes we all make is not transplanting plants. As soon as you buy them, as long as it is spring, it is very important to change the pot. Why? Because it has probably been in that same container for many months, perhaps a year or two, and it no longer has space to continue growing. If it was not done, he would end up weakening and eventually dying. Find out how to transplant them successfully by doing click here.

And with this we are done. Surely your plants will not spoil from now on. Anyway, you already know that if you have any questions, you can contact us.

How to prevent indoor plants from dying?

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