Plant care

Plant care

You've got yourself a lovely green flatmate? Or you'd like to give some advise to someone else about his or her plants? Read further and discover that plants are indeed easy to live with, to take care of and give the environment around you a happier touch. Taking care of a plant isn't as difficult as many people might think. Some easy tricks and your plant stays happy for a long time on your living room table, in the kitchen, windowsill or elsewhere at home!

Make sure your plants are exposed to plenty of light

Flowering plants require more light than foliage plants. As a rule, flowering plants need to be placed near a window while foliage plants should be positioned away from direct sunlight.

Water your plants as required

Flowering plants need to be watered almost every day if they are positioned near direct sunlight. Do not over water your plants and check the soil to see if the plants are dry. Do not allow water to stand in the saucer for long and remove any remaining water one hour after watering. As a rule, foliage plants should be slightly dry when watered once or twice a week.

Feed your plants with plant food

Flowering plants should be fed every time you water them during the summer and once a week during the winter. Foliage plants should be fed once a week during the summer and once a month during the winter.

Make sure your plants are healthy

The most common problem is the Red Spider Mite that causes the leaves to turn yellow and produces fine, white cobwebs on the underside. If your plants are infested with this mite, it is important to eradicate them. Move the plants away from any window and wash the window frame and pot before introducing new plants.

Another common problem is Green Fly on plants.  You can also ask your local florists for advice or buy products for treating Green Fly from your local florist.

Try not to over water your plants as this will make them more susceptible to disease.