In Botany Heaven, we give special attention to Indoor plants . They are popular because they are relatively easy to take care of, provide health benefits, and can be used in a variety of indoor décor themes. We have various indoor plants in our collection. As many of you are new to the world of plants, so this can be an ideal read to get acclimated with green indoors. Our comprehensive guide will provide you with the knowledge you need to help your green friends thrive.
All of your common questions about indoor plants will be answered here.
What are indoor plants ?
Indoor plants also known as houseplants are those kind of plants which are suitable for indoor growth. Plants that require a low amount of light and water to thrive are typically known as indoor plants. Good indoor plants will tolerate lower light and humidity. Also, they will be less likely to deal with pests. Plus, they usually do not grow too much (you wouldn’t want an indoor plant to grow at a rapid rate). There are a variety of tropical plants, like palms, that thrive in indoor environments.
How do you plant indoor plants?
Indoor plants usually come in containers, so there's no need to plant them. There are mainly two reasons you need to plant an indoor plant.
If your plant is outgrown, then you will need to replant it into a larger container.
If you wanted to grow bulbs indoors, then you will need to plant the bulbs yourself. "Bulbs" are any type of root form that is planted in the ground to produce a plant.
How much light do indoor plants need?
The amount of light depends on the plants you are growing, so we suggest doing research on the specific plants you are growing. Many plants prefer direct sunlight. For example , Succulents and cacti need continuous, daily sunlight. Plants with foliage need roughly 8 hours of light per day. So it depends on type of plants.
Which plants are considered best indoor plants?
There are no best plants in terms of looks since that is individualistic choice. Althought , if we need to grow a plant indoor then we need to look for easy caring , low maintenance plants that are hard to kill. Some of the common best indoor plants are as follow :
- Pink Flamingo Lily
- ZZ plants
- Peace Lily
How do you care for indoor plants?
Most of your plants won't need constant attention to stay healthy. However, There are some basic caring needs to be done in order to grow indoor plants properly. Here are some tips that will help you care for indoor plants:
- Fertilize Houseplants Periodically
- Watering your houseplant timely
- Propagate Houseplants When Needed
- Repot Overgrown Houseplants
- Keep Plant pots with drainage hole
- Determine what species of plant you have so you can more accurately care for it
How do I know when to water my indoor plant?
Over-watering is a common mistake, and you will want to make sure the plant actually requires water now or if it should wait until later. Here are some ways to see if it’s time to water:
- Soil probe – This probe will draw out soil, which will help you understand how dry the soil is below the surface.
- Moisture meter – This tool tells you, on a scale, how dry soil is.
- Lifting the plant up – Heaviness signifies the plant has enough water, but lightness signifies the plant is dry.
- Wilting – Wilting typically happens because the plant is not getting sufficient water. Lift the plant to see if it is light in weight or if it’s heavy.
- Tipping – If the leaf edges begin browning and are crispy to the touch, the plant likely needs water. If the leaf edges are becoming brown but feel mushy, the plant has likely gotten too much water.
- Yellow leaves– Yellow leaves may also signify that a plant has too much or too little water, but this is not always the case.
What are some of the common reasons indoor plants die?
Some of the most common reasons plants die are:
- Overwatering or underwatering
- Light Levels (either not enough light or too much light)
How do indoor plants affect people’s moods?
People are often surprised at how beneficial indoor plants are. Not only do plants clean the air, but they also reduce noise levels and stress in the workplace. Interaction with indoor plants may reduce psychological and physiological stress by suppressing autonomic nervous system activity in young adults
You can also read all about scientific benefits of plants from this blog.
Which interior plants improve air quality the most?
In 1989, a team at NASA conducted its ‘clean air study’ to investigate the naturally filtering properties of plant life. The NASA clean air study concluded that certain plants can act a natural air filter to remove organic air pollutants — benzene, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene were tested.
Here are some plants that contributes significantly towards air-quality improvement :
devil’s ivy, pothos plant
peace lily (spathiphyllum ‘mauna loa’)
chinese evergreen (aglaonema modestum)
bamboo palm (chamaedorea seifrizii)
aloe vera (aloe vera)
What is the best kind of indoor plant fertilizer to use?
Go to a garden center and look for a fertilizer with “indoor plant” on the label. You will use less fertilizer for plants inside versus outside, so ensure you use the rate specified for indoor plants. If you’re getting fertilizer for blooming plants, look for a fertilizer labeled with the type of plant (cactus, for example) – but if it is unclear which one you should pick, it’s fine to use fertilizer for houseplants.
How do I get rid of bugs on indoor plants?
Bugs on your indoor plants can be really annoying! If you spot pests, go to a garden center and purchase an insecticidal soap, which usually is contained in a spray bottle. When you notice bugs, spray the entire plant – the undersides and tops of the leaves as well as the stem. Next, wait about two weeks and repeat the spraying. Then, wait two more weeks and spray again.
You will want to spray three times because the soap usually will not eliminate eggs, which could hatch. If your plant is dealing with a severe infestation and you are unable to eradicate the pests, throw out the plant. You can also use a damp paper towel to remove a pest.