Indoor Gardening Mistakes You Should Avoid

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Taking care of plants sounds simple. Keep them watered and expose them to sunlight. But there are still several mistakes you can make. It is even worse if you are taking care of indoor plants. Keep your indoor plants alive by avoiding some common mistakes.

Not Being Careful With Your Hands

While indoor gardening is not as harsh as its outdoor counterpart, it can still ruin your high-quality, braided diamond engagement ring.

Jewelry is sensitive and the soil can scratch your beautiful piece if you are not careful. It is much better to be safe than sorry so store the rings away before you do any work. If possible, you should wear gloves. This adds another layer of protection over your hands as you work with your plants. It can even protect you from any substances that you are using like fertilizers, which are very important when you want your indoor plants to survive.

Not Using The Right Amount of Water

One essential element for a plant to live in water. This is more important for indoor plants since they don’t have the natural sources of water available to them. If you want to keep your plant alive, you need to ensure that your plant gets the right amount of water. There are two ways it can go wrong. You can either give too much water to the plant or too little water.

Starving the plant of water is much more likely. Depending on how busy you are, you might not give the plant proper attention. You’ll need to ensure that you spare time to water the plants when they need them. This should be simple if you only have one plant. If you have multiple plants, then you should set aside a block of time for the watering.

Drowning a plant with water may sound difficult but there are plant types that do not do well with excess water. If you want to be safe, only water a plant when the topsoil in their pot feels dry. This means that they drained all the moisture in the pot. This is when you should give them a bit of water. Let the soil absorb the water to get the best result.

Forgetting To Use Fertilizer

Another thing that people forget is that natural soil is full of nutrients. A plant consumes these them but the soil can replenish it all through natural processes. When your plants are indoors, the soil that they are on does not get the necessary nutrients. Fortunately, you can deliver all the nutrients they need by applying the right fertilizer.

If you want to be sure about your plant’s health, you should do some research on the plant that you are caring for. It should give you an idea on what amounts of fertilizer to use. Similar to overwatering, it is possible to make the soil they live too nutritious. This means that other organisms may seek to use that to their advantage.

woman holding a potted plant

Mold, mildew, and algae all need the same nutrients as normal plants. Too much fertilizer and you will see an explosion of life in the soil of your pot. If you do not want a breeding ground for unwanted things in your pot, limit the fertilizer to only what is necessary.

Positioning The Plant Incorrectly

Plants need light for photosynthesis, and they need direct exposure to it for best results. If you want to ensure that the plants get maximum sunlight, you should place them near windows. If you can’t put them there 24/7 then you may need to relocate the plants when the sun is up.

Besides exposure to sunlight, you should group your plants so that they all get the same treatment they need. This makes it easier to treat them in the same way. For example, a set of plants all require minimum water. Grouping them allows you to treat them properly.

Not Pruning

Pruning may seem like it is only for big trees. But trimming indoor plants can also important. For one, a good trim ensures that there only living and essential parts of the plant left. A good prune removes dead leaves and branches. This allows for healthy leaves and more to grow back.

Indoor gardening is just as demanding as outdoor gardening. You can make more mistakes and the consequences can be worse. You need to ensure that you are not doing anything wrong or your plants will die. Take extra care to familiarize yourself with all the possible mistakes that you could make. This ensures that you won’t do any of them so that you can keep your plants alive.

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