The first requirement of all plants during their growing season is an abundance of daylight. Light from a window is always one-sided and the plants respond by turning their leaves and flowers toward the light. To keep healthy houseplants, turn the plants occasionally or they’ll grow lopsided.
The second requirement for all healthy houseplants is moisture. Water when the soil in any pot or pan has dried out so that it crumbles at the touch. Make sure all the soil, not just the top layer is thoroughly soaked.
The air in which plants grow must contain enough moisture or they dry up. Inside air is much drier than outdoor air, especially in the winter. A favorable humidity can be obtained by resting pots on shallow saucers or pans filled with moist coarse gravel. Do not ever let the pots sit in standing water.
When you are potting your plants, place a piece of broken flower pot, coarse gravel, small stones or better yet, Better than Rocks Container Garden Filler in the bottom of the pot to allow excess water to pass freely from the pot.
The cooler places in the house are generally the best suited for most plants. Healthy houseplants appreciate an even temperature, not over 70 degrees in the daytime and from 50 to 55 at night. There are a few exceptions. Tropical plants will die when temperatures dips too low.
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