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5 Houseplant FAQs answered

5 Houseplant FAQs answered
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5 Houseplant FAQs answered

If you are a new houseplant owner, we understand that a lot of things may be tricky and confusing for you right now. However, being a new plant parent isn’t as daunting as it may seem; just educating yourself with the most basic things about plants will be sufficient for you to begin with. The following are the 5 most basic and frequently ask questions about plants that may help you get started as a successful plant owner.

 

  • When should I take cuttings for a greater success rate?

Since most of the plants are more inclined to grow roots and leaves during the spring and summer, it is ideal to get cuttings and plant them during those seasons. Make sure to adequately water the plant at least two days before cutting the parts. This guarantees that the new cuttings that are set to grow independently have all the require nutrients and water to be able to sustain itself while growing its new root system.

  • What do yellow leaves Indicate?

If your plant has yellow leaves, then it simply means that you are overwatering it. It is a sign that the roots are suffocate with excess water. To avoid this, an adequate gap should be left between the watering days. In other words, the soil should be left to dry for a certain period before you water it again. If you are worry and sad about the yellow leaves, please worry no more! The green fronds can easily grow back if you cut the yellow ones and space out watering days.

  • When should I re-pot my plant?

To know when to repot is extremely necessary as it can cause a lot of stress to the plant and may damage it more than helping it. Look out for the following signs in your plant, if present it is time to re-pot!

  • The water is just not enough. No matter how much you water the plant, it wilts and asks for more. You begin to notice that it is demanding more water than it usually use to.
  • There is new growth of leaves but they are misshapen, like bent or bowed.
  • Plants usually have new growth in spring and summer, if your plant isn’t presenting any new growth in these seasons, it is time you re-pot it.

However, make sure to never repot a plant as soon as it arrives, especially if shipped. If your plant checks all requirements of being healthy, do not try to re-pot it.

  • How to know when to fertilize?

When your plant is healthy but shows no signs of new growth, it may be the time to fertilize. However, sometimes the plant may be healthy but show no new growth and doesn’t require any fertilizing. It is necessary to understand the reason behind this before you go ahead and fertilize it. It could be due to the weather, that the plant might be stressed. Adding fertilizers will only stress the plant further.

Only fertilize the plant if you feel like no other reason is preventing the plant to grow except low nutrition.

  • How often should a plant be watered? Is there any way to determine if the plant is sufficiently water?

It is necessary to understand your plant and its looks. Spending some quality time with your plant will fetch you all the information you need about its behaviour. Once you figure out how your plant looks when it is deprive of water, it will get easier for you to understand the plants watering needs. Moreover, some common signs of under watering are sad, droopy leaves that lack freshness and life. If your plant is happy with the way it is water, then you will notice a firm, plump leaves that stand upright energizing their surroundings with joy.