So you’ve been thinking for a while about having some plants or giving a little green to that land that seems lifeless. Well if so, surely you want someone to give you some tricks for novice gardenerstruth? It is not for less: working with plants is working with living beings, and if they are not taken good care of, you can lose them.
But do not worry. With these tips and tricks that we are going to offer you, the probability of that happening to you will be very low .
Acquire few plants
A great way to start is by purchasing one or two plants, not more. In this way, You will be able to observe how they change throughout the seasons, how and how much they grow, the pests that they may have, and the water needs that each one of them have..
Once you have learned to take care of them, or in other words, if after at least three months you see them more beautiful (or the same) than when you bought them, then it will be time to buy some more.
Don’t over water
Water is life, but an excess of it is very harmful. The roots must be buried in a substrate that has very good drainage (you have more information on this topic here!) to avoid rotting. What’s more, you always have to water when the plant needs itno more no less.
To find out, you have to check the humidity of the soil before watering, inserting a thin wooden stick (like the one used in Japanese restaurants). If when you take it out it comes out practically clean, it will mean that the earth is dry and that, therefore, you can water.
Protect your plants from drafts
Air currents, both cold and warm, seriously affect plants, especially if they are indoors. For this reason, It is very important to avoid putting them in passageways, and in rooms where we normally have the windows open or the air conditioning on.
If we have no choice but to have them there, we can use a humidifier nearby to maintain the humidity of the environment.
Get a basic kit of gardening tools
In order to take care of the plants correctly you will need the following:
- Pots: essential to have them on the terrace or in the patio.
- Identification labels: if you plan to have a collection, or if you want to know more about each plant, you can put a label with its scientific name. Use a permanent ink marker so it doesn’t rub off over time.
- Travel Pass: During the entire growing season (spring and summer) you must fertilize them so that they can grow well.
- InsecticidesAlthough it is difficult for a healthy plant to become ill, it is worth having anti-mite, anti-mealybug and anti-aphid insecticides, which are the most common pests.
- Fungicides: fungi are microorganisms that can kill plants in less time than we might think. Therefore, it is convenient to have some fungicide to be able to treat the plants.
- Gloves: they are very necessary to carry out some jobs, such as pruning or transplants.
- Hoe– Very useful for weeding or digging planting holes.
- hand saw: to prune the plants, a small hand saw will be very necessary.
Find out about the needs of each plant
Each plant is different, even if two specimens come from the same “parents” and are the same age, they will differ for something. More than once it has happened to me that I have had two trees from the same litter, both placed in an area where direct sunlight gave them, and one grew well and the other did not.
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And welcome to the world of plants!