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Finally, really good advice on how to stop killing your houseplants

Finally, really good advice on how to stop killing your houseplants

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Finally, really good advice on how to stop killing your houseplants

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Apartment dwellers in big cities are looking to infuse their corners with the great green outdoors. However, it's frustrating when a houseplant's health fails.

Your houseplants are living things. They depend on you for their care, similar to a dog or a cat. That means nutrition, water, a supportive home environment and intuiting its needs.

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 Invest in plants that suit your lifestyle. A busy person doesn't want to buy a plant that needs to be watered every other day. Different plants require different care regimens.

Plant newbies should consider starting with indestructible plants, such as the spider plant, the ZZ plant or the dracaena. However, anything that is alive can be killed, even indestructible plants that can take a lot of abuse and forgetfulness. 

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  • Yellowed, drooping or dried leaves are your plant's way of screaming for attention.
  • Plants tend to bend toward the light source, so that's your cue to move them closer and rotate their containers.
  • Overdry soil means not enough watering. 
  • Soggy soil can't escape through the container's drainage holes means too much watering.

The easiest way to pick up on your houseplants’ cues is to enjoy them.

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How to look after your plants

  • Watering. Never wait for your plants to wilt before you water them. Check your soil first. If it crumbles apart, that's good. If it remains a soggy glob, you're overwatering.
  • Potting. You'll need to periodically repot your plant so that it can grow bigger and avoid issues like root rot. If your plant is wilting, it might need more space for its roots. 
  • Positioning and rotating. Put your most sun-loving plants near windows and plants that prefer less sunlight away from the windows. Ensure to rotate them to prevent overgrowth on one side.

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Leaf care, soil stuff, and pests

Prune yellowed and dried leaves and wipe your leaves down regularly as dust creates a filter between the sunlight and the leaf tissue.

Rotate your plants and check their soil to notice any unwelcome bugs before a full0on invasion hits. 

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