Tall Indoor Plants - How to Take Care of Tall Indoor Plants
A tall indoor plant is a wonderful addition to any home or apartment. They bring class and sophistication to any space they are placed in. But they can be quite the chore to maintain. I've listed some tips below that can help with keeping your favorite tall indoor plants looking beautiful year after year.
Keep Your Plants Well Watered - The most important thing to remember about keeping your plants healthy is to never over water them. Tall plants need to have adequate water to survive and thrive. Watering them too frequently can cause them to become overweight and/or drown, both of which are deadly.
Keep Your Plants Clean And Disease-Free - This goes hand in hand with not over watering them. If you over water your tall indoor plants, this will cause them to become more susceptible to disease. When it comes to diseases, most are transmitted through wet environments. Keep your plants dry by providing only enough water for survival and only apply water when absolutely necessary.
Test Your Soil - Before anything else, test your soil. Most times, if you buy a plant at a garden center, the salesperson will test the soil for you. If you don't have one available, try using a soil tester that you can purchase at most garden stores or online. It's important to know the condition of the soil so that you can properly care for your plant and its soil. It may be necessary to add fertilizer to the soil to help the new plant grow, but you want to start off with a clean slate so that no matter what happens you can easily restore the soil to its previous quality.
Introduce Beneficials - Even plants that don't need fertilizers will benefit from introducing some kind of fertilizer. A good mulch can go a long way toward helping the dirt retain moisture and help it retain nutrients that are good for your plants. Another good idea is to line the bottom of your plant containers with a mixture of coconut coir and peat moss. This will help to protect your plants from insects and that keeps them healthy. It will also make it much easier for your plants to breath and will provide them with the proper amount of sunlight to help them grow.
Mulch - One of the best things that you can do to protect your indoor plants is to mulch them in the winter. This will not only help keep the soil moist and weed free, but it will also help the plant stay healthy through the long cold winter months. You should mulch your indoor plants in loose rows, about half inch deep. Do not over mulch, however, as you will only be retaining moisture in the soil and making it more difficult for the plant to retain it's nutrients. Loose mulching will also help keep you from having to replant your plants each year after they have grown.
Water - Every plant needs water, even if they are indoors. However, tall plants may need more frequent watering than other types of plants because they have more branches to wade through. Tall indoor plants, such as ferns, need to be watered every couple days throughout the growing season. Once you have established the correct water requirements for your particular species of plants, you should make sure that you follow those guidelines. If you are using a regular garden hose, you may find that you have to frequently mist your plants to keep them moist.
Soils - If you are trying to grow tall indoor plants, you may want to look into a high quality potting soil. This soil mix will help keep your plant healthy and it will also be able to provide your plants with the nutrients that they need. There are a number of different types of soil mixes that you can purchase, and most are designed specifically for growing taller plants. Pots also come in many sizes to fit the needs of your plants, so it is important that you get one that is large enough for your specimen.