Plants, with their beautiful colors and shapes, make the home look much more alive and cheerful than it would be without them. And the most interesting thing is that there are many species that we can find in the nurseries that are very well adapted to living inside the house, such as the kentia palm or the aspidistra.
Still, you need to know how to care for a houseplant so that she can be as beautiful as ever.
Indoor plants are those that come from places where frosts do not occur or they are very weak and of short duration. Most live in the humid tropical forests, in areas where rainfall is so abundant that life, both plant and animal, can take different forms and be of different colors.
Before reaching our hands, those that we find for sale in nurseries and garden stores have been being grown in heated greenhouses and by people who regularly fertilized them. Thus, with a good temperature, a high degree of humidity and a regular fertilizer, they have been able to grow and become very beautiful. How to take care of them at home?
The conditions that we have in the home are very different: the temperature and the degree of humidity are generally lower, and the way in which they are cared for is different. To make them look healthy like the first day, the first thing we have to do is change them pot in springas it is likely that they have had the same container for several years and that, as a result, the roots have taken up all the available space.
Like land we can use universal growing medium mixed with 20% perlite. Now if it is a acidophilus plant (Gardenia, camellia, azalea) it is important to use a specific one for this type of plants. In the case that they are carnivorous, we will use blond peat mixed with perlite; and if they are orchids we will put pine bark on them.
Once transplanted, we must water them with rainwater, lime-free or distilled (the latter for carnivores). The frequency will vary depending on the type of plant it is. Generally, it will be necessary to water two or three times a week in summer, and between one and two the rest of the year. 15 minutes after watering, we will remove the excess water from the dish to prevent the roots from rotting.
In addition, throughout the spring and summer it will be important to pay them (except carnivores), using a specific fertilizer for each plant. You will have to follow the instructions specified on the product’s packaging, but in this way we will ensure that they have a good development.
In conclusion, from time to time it will be necessary to clean the dust that is deposited on the leavesusing a dry cloth or, even more recommended, a cloth dampened with a little milk. In this way, they will have a precious shine . If it has a lot of flakes or is a large plant, we can use a small duster.
So the home will look like never before.