Indoor plant tips from a wannabe plant lady.
Hello! Thanks for dropping in. Today I wanted to share with you some indoor plant tips that have been working for me lately. If you follow me over on Instagram, you would have seen that I have been posting a lot of photos of my indoor plants. Some established and others are new. I have been asked a lot of questions about how I much I water, where I put them and other hints and tips.
I don’t pretend to be an expert, because I’m not! Just ask me how I killed my hugely expensive fiddle and my first string of pearls ha! But I have picked up some tricks along the way that work for me and I am happy to share in the hope they help you.
String of Pearls – They need sunlight but not all day. A few hours in the morning and they are happy. If the pearls start to shrivel up and change colour, the plant is getting too much sun. The pot must have drainage! I killed my first string of pearls because there was no drainage and the planet developed root rot. Drill a drainage hole if your pot doesn’t have one. And only water when the soil is dry and just enough water so that the moment it starts to drop through the drainage hole, stop. These plants are a succulent and can hold a lot of water in their pearls. Less is more! And don’t waste little strands that fall off, remove a few pearls and pop them back in the soil to grow a bushier plant! You can read more about how to keep a string of pearls happy here.
Chain of Hearts – One tip I have is that these plants like to be a little root bound so prefer to be in a smaller pot rather than a larger pot. Also good drainage is a must! Like the String of Pearls, these plants will get root rot if the soil is too wet. Wait till the soil is dry before watering. Water even less in Winter. Again not too much sun. Indirect bright light is best.
Humidity – if your plants is suited to a more humid environment, group them all together and mist regularly with a mister. I have started misting everyday and I think my plants look happier.
Fertilizer – I hadn’t fertilised my indoor plants since…. well never! I didn’t think to do it – but you MUST!! Fertilizer will replace the nutrients the plant absorbs from the soil. I have given all my plants a good dose of Seasol over the past two weeks and I have noticed lots of new growth!
Winter – you will probably need to move your plants away from windows and drafts during the winter if you’re in a cold area. Windows will be too cold for most plants during the winter. Most plants go dormant over winter anyway so they will be ok with less light. Since our house is new and I haven’t spent a winter here yet, I don’t know how my plants are going to go over Winter yet.
Get to know your plants – as crazy as this sounds, a book I read suggests you take the time to study your plants and get to learn their signs of distress. That way you can treat them as soon as you notice before it is too late. Also if they don’t seem to be doing well where they are, move them to a different spot and see how they go.
Quarantine – if your plant becomes invested with bugs or a disease, promptly remove from the other plants and place it by itself so that it doesn’t infest the other plants.
What are your indoor plant tips? Tell me in the comments below – I’d love to hear them!
PS – Here is a post I wrote about how I propagated a Fiddle Leaf Fig. I am going to do an update soon – it is still alive!