I’ve worked in the interior and exterior plant industry for over 25 years. I’ve managed and trained tech’s for indoor scapes and outdoor scapes. I have more than a Top 10 Plant Care Tips, but space is limited. In my opinion, caring for plants is easy…Especially if you see the plants in your home or garden every day. Most people are getting their plants from Home Depot, sorry but it’s true. Home Depot sources most of the tropical plants they sell from Homestead in South Florida… Some I would assume would come from California but most are from South Florida where they flourish year round. I live in South Florida, I have been on the HUGE farms numerous times, buying plants for jobs and customers down here in South Florida.
That a plant makes it alive to your home is a miracle. Nurseries really fill these plants with the ‘juice’ to make them grow faster. Nursery personnel snatch big plants by their trunks and spines leading to tap root damage or total separation, (which leads to a slow death that the final customer never knows about), there are a few microscopic bugs that people don’t know about until it’s too late…Especially Spider mites, I could go on and on. So that Home Depot deliver a plant to their customer ‘mostly’ alive is a sheer miracle. Below I will give you a few of the plant tips that I’ve learned over the years, mostly from information passed down from techs who’ve been working indoors or out for 25-30 years.
Plant care is relevant year round but during winter months when a limited amount of sunlight comes through the window, it’s incredibly important. People keep plants for a variety of reasons. Some to grow vegetables and fruits, while others grow plants to add décor to their offices and homes.
People keep plants for a variety of reasons. Some to grow vegetables and fruits, while others grow plants to add décor to their offices and homes.People keep plants for a variety of reasons. Some to grow vegetables and fruits, while others grow plants to add décor to their offices and homes.
Plants look beautiful inside offices and homes, as long as they correspond with the surrounding furniture and décor. The best way to keep them healthy is to provide them with the best type of lighting, soil, and temperature to correspond with their natural environment(s).
Humidity and heat can drastically affect your plants, so always ensure you grow plants you are confident will survive in your office and home.
Here are my “Top 10 Plant Care tips” to keep your plants alive and thriving:
1. Most tropical plants grow well in warm slightly humid temperatures found a lot in bathrooms and Kitchens the relative humidity of 65-80% are idea for most of the plants sold in nurseries and Home Depot. Try to generate some sort of humidity in the home for optimal plant life,
2. If you have any plant sitting in a window getting tons of sun every day, that or those plants need to be sprayed with a solution of Isopropyl Alcohol (two fingers worth), and a couple of drops of dish soap in a spray bottle filled with water. Pull the plants out of the high light window, spray them from the bottom of the leaf all over. This is especially needed on any sort of fanned palm plant like a Bamboo Palm, Kente Palm or Adina Palm. Plants in windows are always going to eventually acquire Spider Mites. You will know you have them when the leaves start going yellow, even though you watered the plant like normal.
3. Prune your plants regularly (Plants love to be pruned properly) pruning should be done where the joints of the plants come together. When you become good at it no one will be able to tell that you did it. Some indoor and outdoor plants should be taken down to a stump every few years. Plants like Desert Roses and indoor Roses need to be taken down and regrown each season.
4. Ensure you do not overwater your plants, it’s easier to save a plant from underwatering than overwatering. Plants should be watered if they are getting decent light once every 10 days. Less is more. But every once in a while, maybe once every 2-3 months you should give your plant a good drink to see how far you can push the watering. Do that and then watch the plant for a couple of days and watch the leaf lift. This requires PAYING ATTENTION to the plant. If the plant’s leaves lift and the plant seem awake and you don’t get yellow tips. You may need to up your regular watering.
5. Feed your plants regularly (half of a regular dose every two weeks) by adding fertilizers it’s going to keep the plants strong and healthy where bugs and micros won’t attack your plant. Bugs that attack plants attack them because the plant is weak, from irregular watering or no fertilizer.
6. Plants also need air; if you have a ceiling fan or a floor fan that you have it would do your plants a great favor by letting those fans blow over your plants in the home. What you are trying to do with plants is replicate a tropical setting that the plants come from. Humidity, Breeze Water… a fresh breeze from a window or door opening would be optimal. Thus, always open a door or a window with regular time intervals to allow fresh air to come in would be perfect.
7. Keep plants protected from bugs; so spray your plants regularly from the bottom up. Always spray under the leaves with the spray I talked about above Isopropyl Alcohol, dish soap, and water. Is natural and kill 99% of all plant pest especially if done routinely.
8. Stop annoying little flies by being meticulous not to pour your coffee and tea into plant pots. The sugars in the coffee and teas are what make it an excellent breeding ground for annoying flies.
9. Rotate your plants every two weeks, plants are going to grow towards the sun or window. To keep a plant standing straight and erect a plant needs to be turned a quarter turn every two weeks. If you do this your plant will grow on all sides instead of just the sunny side of the plant.
10. If you see that one of your plants has white cottony mildew (Mealy Bugs) or webs in corners where leaves join together isolate that plant outside immediately and spray that plant under the leaves for two weeks to a month. Before you bring the plant back in your home. Mealy and Spider mites spread quickly and quietly. Both are usually found after the damage has been done.
Bonus Tip: If possible, always try not to move your plants around, plants like to stay in the same position. just like in nature…