Potted plant tips to help them grow
Different types of potted plants require different care. It’s not just about the amount of water, but also the temperature, sunlight, and when to prune the potted plant so it can bloom. Here are some essential care tips for the most popular houseplants.
African violets are beautiful plants and can bloom for nine months of the year if their needs are met. Your soil needs to be kept moist. You need to let the soil dry out before each watering and this will encourage flowering. Water from below and not above. Water can damage the leaves. They enjoy light to moderate temperatures. Do not expose the potted plant to sudden changes in temperature. Faded flowers and leaves should be removed to encourage new flower and leaf growth.
Cyclamen is another beautiful plant to grow indoors. They need the right amount of water. Therefore, not above or below the necessary amount. If the soil dries out, it can prevent the plant from flowering. These plants enjoy cooler temperatures, but obviously not too cold. They also prefer diffused light.
Chrysanthemums come in various colours and enjoy bright light. Once in bloom they should be kept out of direct sunlight as this will burn the flowers. While in bloom they should also be watered every other day or so. When no longer in flower, the soil should remain moderately moist and the plant should only be watered when the soil surface is dry.
Kalanchoes are beautiful plants with waxy leaves and clusters of flowers. If you want to keep this plant happy, you need to make sure the soil is moist but not too wet. Faded flowers should be removed and depending on the temperature these plants will last up to four weeks.
Amaryllis love warmer climates. The plant may require some support as it gets heavier. Moderate watering is ideal as the soil should be kept moist but not soggy. The plant should not sit in the water. Even when it no longer flowers, the plant still needs some sunlight to allow the leaves to accumulate energy. It will store energy for the next flowering season.
Bromeliads are native to South and Central America. They are easy enough to take care of. They enjoy intense, indirect light or even direct sun. The soil must be kept moist. The water should be poured over the centre of the potted plant where the leaves meet. The plant should not sit in the water. If possible, rain or distilled water is ideal.
Cacti and succulents are some of the easiest to care for. They are used to dry areas and perform best in the right potting soil. When watering, a fair amount of water should be poured onto the soil. Then, let the soil dry completely before watering again. If the soil becomes hard over time and doesn’t absorb water for a long time, you should put the potted plant in water and let it soak for about 30 minutes. This will soften the soil.
Hyacinths are also wonderfully popular plants. They love bright places and moist, but not saturated soil. Water your potted plant thoroughly, then let it sit in the sink so that the excess water drains completely. If necessary, you can support the stems of these plants with bamboo sticks.
These are some essential tips for different potted plant types. It is also a good idea to do some research before buying a plant. This way, you will know exactly where to display it once you bring it home.