How to grow and take care of indoor plants guide

Houseplants are a great décor piece for any home, adding nature indoors has its benefits, such as – boosting mood, increased creativity, reduced stress, and eliminating air pollutants. Making for a healthier, happier you. Here are some of our best tips on how to grow and take care of some of your favourite houseplants.
Low humidity can cause your houseplants to exhibit symptoms including leaf curling and yellowing, bud loss, dark leaf tips, and insect susceptibility. Cacti, succulents, and other plants love dry environments. However, for plants that enjoy higher humidity, here are some ways to raise humidity -
You may easily raise humidity in these simple ways to keep your plants healthy and content:
Houseplant Pests:
  • Several times a day, mist your indoor plants with a thin mist of water. 
  • Create a humidity tray. Fill a saucer with tiny pebbles or polished stones. The plant should be placed on top of the watered pebbles, slightly below the surface. The air surrounding your plant becomes more humid as water vapour escapes from it.
  • Transpiration is the mechanism through which water leaves plants through evaporation, which is why you should group your plants together. The plants mutually humidify each other when this happens.

During the growth season, which runs from early spring to late summer, we advise fertilising indoor plants sparingly. Plants will gain the most from new nutrients at this period, while they are actively growing. Depending on the fertiliser you're using, you can typically fertilise your plants monthly or every other week. Read the label carefully because each brand may have a different suggestion for dilution and timing. Liquid and slow-release fertilisers are the two that are most appropriate to use for indoor houseplants.

Cacti and succulents require constant, everyday sunlight. About 8 hours of light each day are required for plants with foliage. We advise conducting research on the particular plants you are cultivating because the quantity of light required for each type of plant varies.
Finding the ideal quantity of sunshine for each of your houseplants might occasionally need a little bit of trial and error. As a result, if you're unclear of how much sun your houseplant requires, start by putting it in a spot that receives the perfect amount of indirect light.


Groom, prune and repot when needed
It's a good practise to trim your indoor plants frequently to maintain them looking their best. It will not only keep them looking neat, but it may also foster new, fresh growth.
At any moment, you can cut away any dead or decaying leaves until you reach the earth. Trim any essential tips and edges from brown leaves as well.
A houseplant that has been growing in the same container for a long period may develop pot-bound roots and require repotting. Some like to be pot-bound, but most will start to show signs of distress if they stay that way for too long.
Only repot when absolutely required. Additionally, you should never repot a sick or weak indoor plant since the shock of the change might kill it.
Here are some indicators that a houseplant need repotting:
·      Roots that are protruding from the soil or the pot's base
·      The pot appears to be poised to break open.
·      The indoor plant is top-heavy and frequently topples over.
·      Without soaking in, water drips out of the bottom of the saucepan.

The leading cause of houseplant damage and early demise is improper watering. Rather than mindlessly watering your indoor plants based on a set schedule, you should always check first to make sure they actually need it. While it's true that most houseplants prefer continuous watering, doing so on a regular basis increases the likelihood that you'll overwater them. And consistent overwatering will ultimately result in their death.
  • Allow the soil to somewhat dry out between waterings as a general guideline. Then soak your houseplant thoroughly until water begins to drip from the pot's bottom. Never leave them soaking in water and be careful to clear the drainage tray.
  • Every week, check indoor plants for watering needs by inserting your finger one inch into the soil. Get a soil moisture monitor if you're unsure so you can always give the plants the right quantity of water.
  • The finest water to use is either rainwater or distilled water. Salts and contaminants in tap water can accumulate in the soil and harm delicate indoor plants.


Top 10 best indoor plants for air purification:

Peace Lily
Aloe Vera
Spider Plant
English Ivy
Snake plant
Chinese evergreen
Kentia palm
Bamboo palm

We hope you gained some important knowledge and tips, taking care of houseplants can be tricky sometimes. Almost like looking after a child, they require a lot of time, care, effort, and love. It’s very worth it in the end! Are you becoming a new plant parent? Tag us on Instagram @dandarahomes so we can see your bundles of greenery in your beautifully decorated homes.