Whether you are new to the world of plant care, or you are an experienced “green thumb,” basic plant care is the same for everyone. There are just a few simple facts that every plant owner needs to know. These simple rules of thumb — in this case, rules of green thumb — will help ensure that your plants live long, healthy lives. Here are some basic plant care tips to help you keep your plants alive and thriving:
- Healthy plants begin by your choosing the right pots for the right plants. Pots come in all shapes and sizes, and they are manufactured from various materials. For outdoor plants, choose a heavy pot — the heavier and denser, the better. The reason for a heavy, dense pot, such as ceramic or stone, is because it provides better insulation to protect the soil from the heat of the sun. Inside plants should remain in their original, plastic pot — simply replace any soil that is missing, put the pot into a decorative container, and cover the top with stones or moss to conceal the hidden pot.
- The most important feature of any pot is the appropriate drainage. The water you give your plants is going to be absorbed by the soil and the roots — the excess needs to drain off through a drain hole in the bottom of the pot. Make sure the pots you use have sufficient drain holes, or the roots will essentially drown, killing your plant.
- Give your plants a healthy place to root. Avoid using dirt from your yard — you cannot guarantee what is in the dirt. Instead, opt for bagged potting soil. Potting soil will have an appropriate mixture of materials and nutrients. You can also purchase soil with time-released fertilizer. Some plants require different types of soil and nutrients, so ask for help if you are ever in doubt.
- Put the right plants in the right place. When choosing plants, take into consideration the environment. For instance, if you intend to put a potted plant in an area that gets minimal direct sunlight through the day, choose a plant that thrives in low sunlit areas. Plants that require lots of sun need to be placed in areas that receive plenty of direct sunlight. Research each plant before you purchase it, to ensure that you have the perfect spot for the plant.
- When potting your plant, place its container in its designated spot before filling it with soil. Otherwise, it could be too heavy for you to move after you add the soil and the plant. Water your plants in their store-bought containers before you try to move them. Watering them will help loosen the soil and relax the roots. Never tug or pull on a plant to remove it — instead, tap on the sides of the pot to loosen the soil, and gently remove the plant, while always supporting its roots.
- Water your plants as instructed. Some plants require less water than others, which is another reason why you need to research your plants before purchasing them. When you water your plants, add enough water for it to begin to drain out the bottom of the pot. This tells you that the water has reached the bottom, thus reached all of the roots.
- Be sure to fertilize your plants as needed. Potted plants need extra help when it comes to getting the necessary nutrients to grow. The AquaVor Easy Feeding Can is the perfect choice when it comes to watering and feeding your plants at the same time.
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