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Plant Care the Easy Way

Plant Care the Easy Way
by Christopher Byrnes

Caring for plants causes undue concern for so many people. Houseplant care is no where near as difficult as it may see, as long as you take into account the following factors:
1. Watering
Over-watering is responsible for the demise of most houseplants. Looks can be deceptive, so ascertain whether your soil is dry enough to water, put into action try the 'finger test'. Insert your index finger up to the first joint into the soil. If the soil is damp, the plant isn't yet ready to be receive water again. It's a simple as that.
2. Feeding
Foliage plants usually require a high degree of nitrogen, whereas flowering plants are concerned, K2O is needed. Slow release fertilizers can be mixed in with the compost. It is important to take note, however, that certain plants like cacti and orchids require special fertilizers. Plants require feeding during their most active growth period.
3. Lighting
Plants such as Sanseveria and Aspidistra require no sun. This means that they can be located away from a window. Spider plants need semi-shade. You can keep plants like these near a window that does or does not get direct sunlight. If in doubt, check the label to see what your plant needs, or seek advice at your local garden center.
4. Temperature
Houseplants can live in both cool and warm temperatures, but note however, that drastic fluctuations of temperature may cause them some harm. One type of heat that spells certain death for many houseplants is gas heating. Also, if you have a plant that thrives under warm conditions, don't keep it near an air conditioner in the summer.
5. Humidity
Some houseplants require a humid environment. One tip to maximize humidity is to put the pot inside a larger pot and fill in the gaps with stones or compost to keep in the moisture. Grouping plants together often creates a microclimate that they will benefit from. If you want, you can spray them with water once or twice a day depending on the temperature.

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