If you’re new to plant parenthood, you might be making some common plant care mistakes.
It can be tricky to keep houseplants alive and thriving, especially at first. And while some basics apply to all plants, you need to keep your specific plant in mind when figuring out the best way to take care of it.
If you are wondering how to take care of houseplants, check out this list of common plant care mistakes and how to avoid them.
1. Over-Watering Your Plants
One of the most common plant care mistakes is over-watering your plants.
This can lead to root rot, which can kill your plants. Over-watering can also cause leaf drops, so be sure to keep an eye on your plants and water them as needed.
2. Not Giving Your Plants Enough Light
Many people assume that all plants need sun, but this is not the case. There are many plants that thrive in low-light or indirect sunlight.
If you’re not sure how much light your plant needs, check the tag or ask a nursery worker for guidance.
3. Using the Wrong Soil
Some plants need well-draining soil, while others need soil that holds moisture.
It’s important to know what kind of soil your plant needs and to avoid using the wrong soil. Otherwise, your plant may not be able to get the nutrients it needs or may not be able to grow properly.
4. Not Pruning Your Plants
Pruning is a key part of plant maintenance, yet it is often overlooked or done incorrectly. Improper pruning can damage plants, promote disease, and even kill them.
Caring for plants includes not damaging the plant during pruning; avoiding pruning too close to the trunk or main stem, and being careful not to break branches.
5. Moving Plants Around
When a plant is moved, it stresses the plant and can damage the roots. This can lead to the plant not being able to take up water and nutrients properly, which can then lead to the plant dying.
To avoid this, only move plants when absolutely necessary, and make sure to store them properly in a cool, dark place especially when you are doing snake plant care.
Learn More About Proper Plant Care Today
Plants are a great addition to any home, but they can be a lot of work so it is always important to research the specific needs of your plants before you bring them home.
Being a plant parent can be very satisfying but we have to keep in mind that they need care just like we humans do. So, always remember these practices: proper watering, light, and temperature are key to keeping your plants healthy and happy.
With the correct plant care, you can avoid these common mistakes and enjoy your plants for years to come.
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