Caring For Your Indoor Plants

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by Anna Butros
(London, UK)

It is a difficult task to keep your indoor plants healthy. Therefore it will make a big difference if you chose those plants that could easily adapt to the indoor environment such as lesser light, heat and water.

It is not uncommon for plants to grow much slower indoors than they would outdoors. Many plants are known to stop growing or showing sign of development or change from fall to winter.

Indoor plants have different needs compared to outdoor plants and this means that they should not be “killed with kindness” either.

It is necessary to control the temperature indoors for the plants to thrive. It is recommended to keep the temperature between 60degrees to 70 degrees F during the daytime and 55 to 65 degreesduring the night.

It is advisable to keep the plants away from a drafty location as this could lead to the plants drying. Instead of keeping your plants in direct sunlight, it will do them good to keep them in a place that gets adequate light but not directly from the sun.The varying changes in the day and night temperature will only damage the plants.

In the winter, the indoor environment gets a lot drier than the summer. This adversely affects the plants. Therefore it is advised to ‘spray bathe’ the plants twice a week to keep them healthy.

Finally, a word about watering the plants: Tap water from your homeis not good for your plants. You should store the water in a container and use it for watering the plants after keeping it for a day or two. This will help dissipate the Chlorine which damages the plant.

Updated: December 26, 2013 — 12:24 am

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