Plant Care Guide: Houseplants

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Indoor plants was a decorative hobby, but it is now a trend and some plant hobbyists have become collectors of rare plants. If you are interested to get a house plant as a hobby or to brighten up your living space, here are some aspects that one must understand to ensure the plant grows and thrives.

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Container Pots

When choosing a plant, one must also choose the pot. There are different types of pots and by determining the plant’s water requirement and size, you can choose the most suitable pot for your plants to thrive. Ideally, terra cotta pots are the best choice but they are breakable and a bit pricey whereas plastic pots are light and inexpensive but may become brittle with time and changing weather conditions. In addition, choose pots which come with drainage holes. Drainage holes let excess water to flow out and prevent root rot and mold growth.

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Soil plays an important role in planting as it acts as a medium for plants to form roots and hold themselves upright, as well as providing water retainment and nutrients. Majority of the houseplants are suitable to be planted in store bought potting soil, however air plants require no soil whereas succulents require gritty soil.

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Sunlight is the ultimate source for plants to carry out photosynthesis. There are 4 components of sunlight conditions which are bright light, low light, direct and indirect light. Giving too much sunlight than what the plants needed will result in scorched leaves forming whereas too little sunlight will stagger the plants’ growth rate. As an example, dracaena, monstera and philodendrons can tolerate bright, indirect sunlight.

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Water & Humidity

Water is essential for plants to carry out photosynthesis and helps roots absorb nutrients from the soil. However, insufficient water may cause the plants to wilt whereas overwater causes rotting. It is crucial to know how much water your plant needs, as a general rule of thumb, ensure the soil of the plant is moist but not soggy.