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Summertime is a great time for indoor gardening and houseplant collecting. Here are our top houseplant how-to’s to help keep them happy inside.
Light is Good, A/C is Bad
Placement is a key factor in growing plants indoors. Some plants can handle less light than others, but we know that plants need light. Start with a sunny window, then move the plant closer/farther from the window to adjust the amount of light. Keep in mind that most houseplants prefer a humid environment, so make sure they are not in the path of an A/C vent, which will dry plants out.
Tap water is OK, but it contains a lot of additives that can affect plant health. If you are confident that you are watering and feeding properly, but still not getting good results, try using rainwater. Distilled water or condensate from an air conditioner or dehumidifier is also excellent for plants.
HastaGro: Liquid Organic Plant Food
HastaGro is our favorite food for houseplants. So simple and so nutritious – just mix 1oz to a gallon of water and use every 2-3 weeks. Or you can mix lighter (1/2oz to a gallon) and use it every time you water.
Repot or Not?
If you can remove the plant from the pot and the roots are tangled, wrapped, and/or growing in the shape of the pot without much soil left, then its probably time to repot. Choose a slightly larger pot, but not too big, and be sure it has good drainage. Use a good quality potting mix and fertilize when you repot (see HastaGro!).
Still Not happy – Take it Outside!
Plants that can thrive indoors are generally referred to as ‘houseplants’, and they may be grown in greenhouses, but their natural habitat is outside. A breath of fresh air can often help bring houseplants back to life. Try moving them to a shaded patio for a few days. Keep in mind that their watering needs will change when moved outdoors, so keep an eye on watering.