What Is Interior Plant Maintenance

Interior plant maintenance is the art and science of taking care of live plants that are kept in an indoor environment, such as a home or office space. Indoor plants can be a lovely part of your decor and add to your health, peace of mind, and your ability to focus. They help create a more inviting feel than that of a bare room. Many people think interior plant maintenance is a difficult task but it’s really pretty easy. All it takes is the right space, some nutrients, and a little water.

Finding the Right Space
Your indoor plants will thrive in any room or space that gets adequate sunlight. That’s really the most important factor. Without proper amounts of sunlight (or fluorescent lights in a pinch), your plants are bound for the dumpster. Flowering plants usually need anywhere from 12 to 16 hours of light per day, while foliage plants do best with 14 to 16 hours of light each day. However, this lighting does not need to be direct lighting to be effective; indirect lighting can be just as beneficial.

Once you figure out where you want to put your plants, keep them there. Maintenance will be easier this way because plants get used to their environment quite slowly. Rapid or frequent changes in location will do more harm than good.

You’ll also want to buy and deploy a decent room humidifier for your plant area. Most houseplants require humidity to do well, especially if they are tropical. Use your humidifier to create a mist that keeps water in the air but does not soak the plants themselves. Keeping plants placed close together is also good for increasing humidity. If your plants begin to wilt or turn brown, your room is too dry. Plant maintenance is all about finding the proper balance for your space.

Nutrition and Care
Houseplants normally do well with what’s called a 10-10-10 fertilizer. The numbers stand for the percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that it contains. Your plants need nutrients and fertilizers to stay alive. If no new nutrients are put into the soil, or if the plant does not get repotted, it will most likely die.

Flowering plants tend to like a fertilizer that contains a lot of potassium, while foliage-type plants do better with fertilizer that has a high nitrogen level. If you’re into succulents, cacti, and the like be sure to use a potting soil designed for those types of plants or you may have problems. Your interior plant maintenance will succeed if you pay attention to details like these.

You must prune your plants on a regular basis to keep them healthy and growing properly. All plants have different pruning needs, so be sure to research the plants you have and learn what each of them requires. If you don’t prune correctly, your plants will grow wild and could even get too big for their pots. Regular pruning will yield a healthy plant that doesn’t need to be repotted as often. Always prune at a 45-degree angle just above a leaf node and be sure to remove any dead parts, as these can draw in insects. If you’re unsure about doing this all yourself, let Plantscapes U.S.A. come regularly to your home or office and get the job done for you.

A myth about interior plant maintenance is that it’s a good idea to pour your unused coffee or tea into your plants. This isn’t really such a great plan, as it will draw flies that will happily chow down on your poor plant, especially if your coffee has sugar in it. There are folks who think coffee grounds are good for houseplants, but the truth is they can be fatal to plants that can’t handle their acidity.

Your plan for maintenance will require you to learn about the kinds of plants you plan to keep. There are many sources on the Internet that will teach you the details about your plants and how much water, light, and food they should each have. There are so many varieties of plants people keep that there isn’t one method that will work for them all. Many plants will come with a tag that gives both its scientific and popular names. If you can’t find one, ask your florist. You can also go through the photos in an online plant encyclopedia and match yours up to what you find.

There is a natural tendency and desire for people to want to nurture live entities like plants. Tending plants satisfies an innate need to be caring and sentimental plants also provide a link to a loved one who may be deceased. To some, caring for plants can be similar to taking care of a pet, and some people often describe their plants as “pets.”

If you’re new to plant maintenance, it’s not a bad idea to go for plants that are hardier and need less care. Some tropical varieties can take a lot of work on your part or very specific conditions in which they thrive. Picking the right plants that will survive a novice tender is the biggest thing you can do to make your maintenance easy and fun! Do it right and you’ll enjoy your indoor garden for many years to come. The easiest way to maintain healthy plants is to visit our website, call us at 610-329-3935, or email us at msplantscapes@gmail.com and let us do it all! Just sit back and enjoy your own private paradise!

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