Easy-care houseplants are exactly that - even if you don't have green fingers. We are thinking of plants such as cacti, succulents and dracaenas that generally don't need much water. Most of the plants on this page come from exotic places. They can handle heat and dry spells better. So these are the perfect plants to turn our home green without being time-consuming. If you aren't home much and don't have time to water, these plants are ideal for you.
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HouseplantsIndoor plants really lighten the mood and can even reduce stress. They bring nature indoors with their fantastic colours. Houseplants come in all different shapes and sizes. Green house plants provide a jungle feeling in a home and flowering house plants are perfect for added colour. There are also houseplants that can improve your home's climate. Air-purifying plants remove toxins from the air and convert them into oxygen. In addition, these plants humidify the air to improve the indoor climate. We like to keep our air-purifying plants in our bedroom or on our desk. Improved air quality improves concentration and sleep. Plants don't just make us happy, they make us healthy, too.
CareHouseplants make us happy. So we should return the favour by keeping them happy with proper care and placement. Most houseplants like a lot of light, but not direct sunlight. It's better not to put them directly in the window, but rather in a place with plenty of indirect light. Before purchasing a plant, always check if it needs a lot or a little bit of sunlight. Most houseplants also like rooms with good air humidity. Don't put them on top of a heater. Plants don't like that.
Otherwise, our easy care houseplants don't require much care. Plants like the Sansevieria only need watering once every three weeks. We water our palm trees more often, about once a week. Find out exactly when the plants needwater by feeling the soil. Most plants need water when the soil is completely dry. Never give a houseplant too much water in one go. They do not like to have wet roots. Plants need more than just water to survive. Add house plant food to keep your houseplants nice and strong for as long as possible. The first two months, the plant can live on the food in the fresh potting soil. We feed them once a month during the growing and flowering period. Mix liquid organic fertiliser with water and feed the houseplants using a watering can. The leaves of the houseplants will be greener and their immune systems will be stronger to combat pests and disease. That way we can enjoy our houseplants for a long time.
Potting houseplants onSome houseplants grow very vigorously. These plants need to be potted on after a few years so they have room to grow. Spring is the best time to pot houseplants on. We recommend doing this every spring for plants that grow rapidly. Plants that grow more slowly can be repotted once every two or three years. When potting on or transferring to a new pot, choose one that is about 3 cm bigger in size than the old, decorative pot. If the plants are fast growers, you could even opt for a pot which is two sizes bigger to give the roots plenty of space. It is best to pot the plant on when the soil is dry. This makes it easier to separate the roots a little. The new pot is filled with hydrograins or pot shards. These ensure good water management in the pot. Then top it off with fresh potting soil for indoor plants. It has exactly the right texture and nutrition that houseplants need. Now remove the plant from the old pot, remove some of the old potting soil from the root ball and carefully loosen the roots a little. Now the root ball can be placed in the new flower pot. The root ball should be set just below the surface of the soil. Fill the hole with potting soil and lightly tamp down the soil. It is important to water generously straight after potting on.
Taking cuttings from houseplantsAside from potting on, spring is also the time when cuttings can be taken from some houseplants. With some houseplants, cuttings are taken from their leaves, whereas with others you can see a little plant growing from the parent plant. These cuttings grow from offshoots. Cut the runner roots by separating them from the parent plant. Use a sharp, clean knife to avoid injuring the plant or cutting. Take a close look at what you're cutting off. It's important not to accidentally cut off healthy roots. You can choose to first have the cutting grow in water or to put the cutting into soil immediately. Roots from a cutting will often grow stronger more rapidly in water. After two weeks, results are visible and the cutting can then be planted in the soil. If you choose to plant it in water, it's important to make sure the leaves don't touch the water. When leaves hang in water too long, they start rotting, which can kill the cutting. We like to plant multiple cuttings in one pot for a full plant.
Taking cuttings from Aloe vera is increasingly popular. This is a fairly easy task. The Aloe Vera leaves no doubt about which plant is the parent and which plants are the young ones. At a certain point, young plants will begin to grow beside the larger parent plant. Then you can plant them in a new pot. Remove the entire root ball of the Aloe Vera from the pot. Then tear the young plant loose from the parent plant's root ball. Pay close attention to which roots belong to both plants. Once these have been separated, the young plant can be planted in its own flower pot. Always use fresh potting soil for new planting and add some water. Don't overwater, because succulents don't like to have wet roots.
Cacti and succulentsCacti and succulents are the easiest plants to care for. Originally these plants come from areas where the weather conditions are extreme. Of course cacti can often be found in the desert. Succulents grow in many areas like in the desert, but also in rocky areas. Grown as houseplants, cacti and succulents are tough. They like full sun best but can grow just as well in shade. Usually they only need water every two weeks. It is fine if the soil is dry for a while. Cacti and succulents really don't like too much water. There should never be a layer of water left behind in the decorative pot. There should always be a hole in the flower pot so excess water can drain away. You also want to have an open pot for succulents. They need plenty of oxygen for healthy growth. To ensure that they grow as well and remain green as long as possible, use potting soil that is specially formulated for succulents and cacti. It contains enough ideal food for the plants for 60 days. Also the roots can nestle well in it.
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