Indoor plants are a great way to brighten up your home. They are not only aesthetically pleasing but come with a range of health benefits for your household. Caring for your indoor plants can be challenging but the benefits far outweigh the effort. Due to limited light and root space, making sure your plants are at their healthiest is the best defence against sad, floppy indoor plants. Understanding how to select and look after your indoor plants is the first step towards happy indoor green spaces.
Selecting the right indoor plant for you
Selecting the right plant for space is the key to successful indoor greenery. When purchasing a new indoor plant be sure you have assessed the area that it is going to live in. Take notes at different parts of the day and record how much sunlight is coming into that area. This will determine what plant you can select. Most plant tags have a note letting you know the best light levels for the plant. It is also important to note the humidity of the room you are looking to put your plant in. High humidity loving plants will do well in bathrooms and low humidity plants will do well in common areas. Following these instructions will give you success in selecting the right plant for the right area.
Importance of feeding your indoor plants and soil
Once you have selected the right plant for the room, using a good quality indoor potting mix will help your indoor plant grow without damaging the root system in low light situations. Using sustainable formulations Biotic booster every two weeks will help feed the indoor plants without damaging the slow-growing plants by over fertilisation that can come with synthetic fertilisers. It is also very important to maintain a healthy microbial population in our indoor potted plants as the plants have limited space to grow. This can be aided by RE-250 root energiser. Packed full of Bacillus, the underground workhorse of beneficial microbes, RE-250 will help to keep your plants greener and healthier for longer.
Watering indoor plants
Over and under watering is one of the most common problems with potted plants. Depending on your climate you may need to water every day, in the cooler parts of the country watering once a week may be needed. The easiest way to check if your plants need water is to pick up a small amount of soil and squeeze. The soil should be moist and stick together. If water is dripping out, the soil is too wet. If the soil falls apart the pot is too dry. Potted plants can also easily become hydrophobic, meaning that the soil surface becomes hard and dry and the water cannot penetrate the soil. If you have ever watered your potted plants and seen the water sit on top and then soak down the sides, it is usually a sign that your soil has become hydrophobic. Using RE-250 to establish and maintain a healthy soil ecosystem will make sure your plants will stay green and when you water it is going to where it’s needed.
Scale and other pests
Usually, indoor plants become susceptible to scale and another pest due to the lack of light for healthy plant growth. When plants are under stress they are unable to use their natural defence mechanisms to get rid of the pests. Have you ever watched an indoor plant go from healthy to sick within a matter of days? This could be your answer. To combat the pressure from pests on indoor plants, using FP-60 every two weeks will give your plants the strength of microbial populations on their leaf surface to stop the outbreaks of pests.
Following these steps and using natural and probiotic products like the RE-250, FP-60 and Biotic booster will ensure you indoor plants grow strong even under the harsh low light conditions of indoors.