Plants and Gardening Tips

Plants and Gardening Tips for the Home

How successful we are with plants is largely a matter of choosing the right ones in the first place. You need to think carefully about your lifestyle, schedule and personality, for example how much time and effort are you willing to devote to caring for your plants. The trick is to choose plants either indoor or outdoor variety that match the home environment you already have.

Choosing plants or creating a garden definitely involves a balancing act between aesthetics and practicality.

Some of the key questions to ask yourself before really investing in plants or a garden:-

a) Evaluate your house:
- What room do you plan to put the plant in?
- How hot is that particular space either a room or courtyard area during the day?
- How big is the space and do you know how big the plant eventually gets?

b) Evaluate your décor:
- What is the overall decoration style/theme of the room or outdoor space?
- Is there an architectural element in the room/outdoor space you want to disguise? (You can do that with a large plant).
- Is there something in the room/outdoor space you want to highlight, such as an interesting piece of furniture or artwork?(You can do that with a plant strategically positioned nearby).

c) Evaluate yourself:
- What kind of parent to a plant do you have the time or inclination to be?
- Are you out of town often or forgetful by nature?
- Do you have a complicated daily routine that doesn’t really allow much time for hobbies?
- Have you maintained interest in hobbies for a long time, or do you tend to lose interest quickly?

If you analyze the above questions honestly, you should have a sense of how ‘plant or garden dedicated’ you can realistically be.

Tips on Nurturing Plants

a) Watering:
Water according to the needs of the plant,not according to the calendar. (Some plants do not need frequent watering such as the cacti and succulent variety)
- Feel the soil to see how dry it is,you can’t tell by looking.
- Don’t pour water directly onto leaves unless you know it doesn’t bother the plants.
- Brown leaves and wilted leaves mean you need more water.Yellow leaves on bottom mean you are watering too much.
- If you are not sure whether it’s time to water,wait a day or two.Less is definitely better than more.

b) Light /Sun:
- Flowering plants need light /sun to make flower buds.
- If light conditions are very poor,the plant will die;if they are marginal,the plant will hang on but not thrive.
- Do note that not all plants require a lot of sunlight, many indoor plants require at least a quarter of sunlight to thrive.

c) Humidity:
- Spray a fine mist of water on and around the plant.
- Brown leaf tips are usually a sign that the humidity is too low.
- Plants that need very high levels of humidity will benefit if kept in the bathroom or sprayed regularly.

d) Fertilizing:
- Best to feed the plants every two weeks with the correct type of fertilizer.
- Fertilizer is not medicine.If your plant is doing poorly because of bad light or a disease,fertilizing will only make matters worse. First fix the basic problem. (For tips on the different types of fertilizer available, check out our product range)

fertiliser is food to your plant

e) Grooming:
- Keeping plants clean or away from dust is one way to keep disease conditions under control.
- Don’t let the dead leaves stay on the plant or on the soil, they tend to foster disease.

Should you have further questions about plants and gardening or even garden pest management, please contact us or send us an email (refer to contact us for details).

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