Plants, throughout their lives, will be affected by a series of pests that will test their adaptation to the environment and their survival. When they are cultivated, we provide them, or at least we try to, all the care they need in order for them to grow strong and, above all, healthy.
But sometimes this is not enough, so we are going to offer you a series of tips on preventing pests in plants that will be very useful for you to overcome any problem.
- 1 Acquire weather-resistant plants
- 2 Water and fertilize whenever necessary
- 3 Make preventive treatments against pests
- 4 Transplant them from time to time
Buy weather-resistant plants
It is true, sometimes it is very difficult to leave that tropical plant that you just saw in the nursery, but believe me, it is the best. Think that now it is beautiful because it has been protected from the wind and the cold, and it has never been hungry or thirsty, but if you take it home in winter, it is most likely that it will get a little ugly. Although there are very resistant indoor plants, suitable for beginners, the ideal is to acquire only those species that can really be outdoors in our area.
Water and fertilize whenever necessary
Plants need water and food to survive. During the warmer months it is important to water and fertilize very often, while in the cooler and colder ones it is necessary to reduce the frequency. To avoid problems, we recommend checking the humidity of the soil before watering , for example by inserting a thin wooden stick to the bottom (if it comes out with little adhered soil, you can water as it will be dry), or a digital moisture meter.
As for the subscriber, you can write down on a calendar the last day you paid to know when it’s time for the next time.
Do preventive treatments against pests
Although it is very difficult for a properly watered and fertilized plant to have pest problems, to further reduce the risk it is highly recommended to carry out preventive treatments, either with neem oil , potassium soap or natural remedies . Likewise, we recommend the use of chromatic traps to control and avoid whiteflies, aphids, and other insects that can affect plants.
Transplant them from time to time
Plants that run out of space become weak . In doing so, pests attack them. If this is taken into account, it is very necessary to change their pot regularly so that they can have enough space to grow and, incidentally, get stronger. But how often? Very easy: in the spring, whenever roots come out of the drainage holes, or when one or two years have passed since the last transplant.
With all these tips, you can prevent your plants from having pests