9 Essential Tips To Make Your Houseplants Thrive


Hey there, plant pals! Buckle up, ’cause we’re diving deep into the verdant world of houseplants, where leafy wonders thrive and fill our humble abodes with life and beauty. If you’re like me— just a simple gal with a green thumb and an undying love for all things leafy—then you know the struggle of keeping those indoor botanical beauties happy and thriving.

But fear not, my fellow plant enthusiasts, for I’ve got a treasure trove of 9 essential tips up my sleeve that will make your houseplants flourish like never before!

Get ready to unleash your inner plant whisperer and take your leafy pals to new heights. Trust me, it’s gonna be a wild (and oh-so-green) ride!

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In this video, Sheffield Made Plants shares his 9 essential tips to make your houseplants thrive.

Tip number one is to pin the stems of the plant to the top of the soil. This will encourage the stem to develop roots, grow stronger, and push out new stems. This tip is particularly useful for vining plants such as tradescantias or the very popular string of hearts.

By pinning the stems, he can develop a fuller plant at the base and along the stem. The stem of vine plants has numerous leaf nodes from which leaves, roots, and new stems can develop.

When these nodes come into contact with soil, roots will be encouraged to develop, and new stems should follow. This is how a tradescantia grows in the wild, creeping along the forest floor and attaching itself to the ground, becoming stronger at each node point.

Tip number two is to regularly prune the plant to encourage stronger and bushier growth. Pruning his houseplants will not harm them but will actually make them much healthier.

When he cuts the stem of the plant, it encourages the plant to send out two new shoots from where he made the cut. Regular pruning will result in a nice, bushy plant with lots of stems and leaves.

Pruning and propagating plants, as done by popular YouTubers like Plant Arena, can make plants lush and extra bushy.

Tip number three is to clean and remove dead leaves from the soil of the plants. Allowing fallen leaves to decay on top of the soil can cause issues with pests and diseases. Fungus gnat larvae, for example, feed on decaying matter in the soil.

By not removing fallen leaves, he creates the perfect environment for fungus gnats to thrive. Additionally, not removing fallen leaves reduces circulation around the plant’s crown, which can lead to fungus or rot developing on the stems near the soil line.

Removing dead leaves from the soil when watering the plants keeps them neat, tidy, and healthy.

Tip number four is to rotate the houseplant regularly. If his plant is kept on a windowsill, he may notice that most of the leaves are facing in the direction of the window.

This is because the plant is searching for natural light to photosynthesize and store energy for growth. To avoid having a lopsided plant with uneven growth, he should rotate his plants regularly.

This ensures that all the leaves have access to indirect sunlight. Rotating the plants about 90 degrees every week during watering will promote even growth.

Tip number five is to bottom water the houseplants. This method is super healthy for the plant’s roots as it encourages them to grow down to the bottom of the pot in search of water.

Bottom watering prevents roots from circling at the top of the pot, avoiding potential choking of the plant’s crown and root binding. It also keeps the top two inches of the soil relatively dry, which is an effective method for preventing fungus gnat infestation.

Bottom watering reduces the chance of water droplets on the leaves that can lead to rot. It is also less time-consuming and easier to water all the plants.

Tip number six is to stake the vine plants. Vining plants like philodendron Brazil grow bigger leaves when their vines are staked onto something and allowed to grow vertically.

This mimics their natural habitat in tropical rainforests where they cling onto and climb up trees. As they grow higher, they tend to develop larger leaves, allowing for more effective photosynthesis and energy storage.

Staking the vines with a moss pole or garden stick can create a statement plant that gets bigger as it grows taller.

Tip number seven is to clean the leaves of the plants regularly. Dust can accumulate on the leaves and hinder photosynthesis.

Cleaning the leaves with a damp cloth once a month ensures they can receive adequate sunlight for optimal growth.

It also helps keep the plants healthy and prevents the accumulation of pests.

Tip number eight is to repot the plants when necessary. During the growing season of spring and summer, plant roots develop quickly, and they may outgrow their pots.

Too many roots and not enough soil limit the plant’s nutrient intake and can lead to yellowing or crispy brown leaves.

Checking if plants need repotting into a slightly larger pot at least once a year, preferably in spring, ensures they have enough space to grow and push out strong new growth.

Tip number nine is to ensure good air circulation around his houseplants, especially during the summer.

Good air circulation promotes water evaporation, prevents condensation on leaf surfaces, reduces the chances of fungal infections and rot, and strengthens the plant’s growing limbs. Opening windows or using a fan to circulate air in the room can mimic the natural environment.

Providing enough space between plants also allows for better air circulation.

By following these houseplant care tips, he can have healthy, thriving plants that grow beautifully and provide an attractive addition to his home.

Sandy

I’m just a plant lover from Central Florida with a passion for sharing knowledgeable facts about all things plants.

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