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“For those who are new to house plants, there are a few habits that should be ditched immediately.”

8 things to avoid when caring for house plants

1. Choosing the wrong indoor plants

If you want to go out and get yourself a plant friend, then you need to ensure you have the ideal conditions to help it grow. Not all indoor houseplants thrive in all houses!

When you’re in the plant shop – just ask! If you want to be successful plant parents, do some research into what plants would work best in your home. Think about where you can put them and how much sunlight they’ll get.

You might want to fill your house with every plant possible but you have to be smart. For example, some plants might not thrive in your climate (even indoors). Some houseplants might do well in sunny areas and others in shade. What natural environment can you offer?

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3. Pots, Potting Soil, and Drainage

Where you put your houseplant is also important to its survival. And drainage is important. You want to put house plants in pots with holes for water to drain out into a tray.

If your pot doesn’t have drainage holes and/or a try you can effectively drown your plants! Just like in the last step, if leaves have become wilted and droopy or you constantly have damp soil it’s probably over-watered.

5. Purchasing with no labels

If you’re a gardening novice, plant labels are super useful. They give you:

  • Plant name
  • Care instructions
  • Hardiness and soil information
  • Ideal environment temperatures

Now, every plant needs water, light, air, and soil (except air plants), right? But how much of each of these they need varies from species to species. Does your plant want direct or indirect light? Start by taking your plant label and googling the Latin name + care tips.

Then again, blindly following labels (and even guides!) can get you in trouble. Remember, you need to be the one who knows best. Check your house plant’s soil and keep an eye on their leaves. Water and move them accordingly!

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8. Giving up after your first death

If your first plant dies, don’t beat yourself up. It might not even be your fault. Ok, not just your fault!

Your home might not have ideal lighting conditions. Or, the plant you bought might have already been dying or root-bound. If this guide teaches you anything, it’s that you need to get a feel for your plants and be attentive.

Just keep at it!

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Peace Lillies, ZZ plant, snake plants, and any potted succulents make great indoor house plants.

If you want to keep your houseplant healthy:
  • First, make sure it's in a big enough pot with drainage
  • Water it with warm water and build a watering schedule
  • Regularly check soil and drainage by feeling the soil to protect against improper watering
  • Reduce regularity if you see fungus growths or leaves turning yellow

Spray the top layer of houseplant soil with a diluted solution of soapy water or use a natural pesticide.

Make sure to read your house plant's label and do some research. Giving it the correct lighting condition and watering schedule will help it thrive. If you notice brown spots and dead leaves, try rotating it out of the sun and watering it more regularly.