Our Green Team at PLANTation Services is all about making sure your plants get the best care. There are so many misconceptions in the plant world on best practices for plant maintenance. We want to take this moment to give you our very best advice, or “pro tips,” if you will, for your plants.
1. Sunlight: Are your plants getting a sunburn? Make sure you know the healthiest amount of sun your plants should be receiving. Typically, indoor plants have problems getting enough sunlight, rather than too much. Although it isn’t very common indoors, too much sun can cause bleaching of the leaves – like a plant sunburn!
2. Pruning: The first cut might be the deepest, but your plants might actually need a little trim. However, less is typically more when pruning. You don’t want to make your plants look like a hedge, but a few selective cuts can keep indoor plants full and shapely. As a general rule, any discolored or spotty foliage should be removed. Once a leaf is discolored it won’t turn back green and it’s healthier for your plant if you remove it! Additionally, it is not necessary to repot your indoor plants very often – if ever. Only repot if your plant has grown so tall that it’s top-heavy.
3. Wat-er You Thinking?? One of the most common ways to kill your plants is over-watering. When a plant’s container has excess unabsorbed water, the water will sit on its roots. When this condition is prolonged, it can lead to root rot for which there is no cure. Overwatering can also cause an infestation of fungus gnats which can be a huge nuisance to the human inhabitants trying to enjoy the plant’s presence.
4. Plan Ahead: Whether it’s a weekend away or a long Thanksgiving holiday, time away from your plants means they might miss out on regular maintenance. Make sure to plan ahead and provide your plants with what they need while you’re away. The best rule of thumb for indoor plants is consistent care. If your travels cause you to miss out on a watering, be sure to make arrangements for your absence – a plant sitter if you will.