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How to Keep Your Houseplants Alive (Even if You Have a Black Thumb!)

submitted on 25 April 2023 by homeandgardenlistings.co.uk
How to Keep Your Houseplants Alive (Even if You Have a Black Thumb!)


Houseplants are a great way to add some life and color to your home, but for some of us, keeping them alive can be a real challenge. If you're someone who struggles to keep plants thriving, don't worry. With a little bit of know-how and some patience, you can turn your brown thumb green in no time.

Choose the Right Plants

The first step to keeping your houseplants alive is to choose the right plants for your home. Some plants require lots of sunlight, while others prefer shade. Some plants need to be watered every day, while others can go weeks without water. Do your research and choose plants that are well-suited to your living space and the amount of care you're willing to give them.


One of the biggest mistakes people make with houseplants is overwatering them. While it's important to keep your plants hydrated, too much water can cause the roots to rot and the plant to die. How often you should water your plants will depend on the type of plant and the environment it's in. Generally, it's best to wait until the top inch of soil is dry before watering again.


Most houseplants need some amount of sunlight to thrive, but too much direct sunlight can burn their leaves. Pay attention to the light in your home and position your plants accordingly. If you have a room that gets lots of natural light, choose plants that can handle it. If your living space is on the darker side, look for plants that do well in low light.


Houseplants are sensitive to temperature changes, so it's important to keep them in a room where the temperature is relatively consistent. Avoid placing your plants in drafty areas or near heating and cooling vents. If you notice that your plant's leaves are turning brown or yellow, it could be a sign that the temperature in your home is too extreme.


While some houseplants don't require fertilizer, others need it to thrive. Look for a fertilizer that's specifically designed for indoor plants and follow the instructions carefully. Over-fertilizing your plants can be just as damaging as underwatering them, so it's important to find the right balance.

Pest Control

Houseplants can attract all sorts of pests, from spider mites to mealybugs. If you notice any insects on your plants, act quickly to get rid of them. There are plenty of natural pest control methods you can try, like spraying your plants with a mixture of water and dish soap, or using neem oil. If the infestation is severe, you may need to use a chemical pesticide.


Keeping houseplants alive can be a challenge, but with a little bit of effort, anyone can do it. By choosing the right plants for your home, paying attention to their water and light needs, and keeping an eye out for pests, you can enjoy beautiful, thriving plants all year round. So go ahead, embrace your inner plant parent, and watch your home come to life.


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