Eight Top Plant Parenthood Tips for #NationalHouseplantWeek
There are so many health and wellbeing benefits to filling your home with greenery, and now we're all spending a lot more time at home than usual lots of us are making our first leap into 'plant parenthood' - or expanding their leafy broods.
Research suggests that having houseplants in your home can improve both psychological and physical health. The presence of indoor plants has been shown to reduce stress levels, heighten mood and improve attention span. Physically, surrounding yourself with houseplants can reduce blood pressure, fatigue and even headaches.
1. Where should I keep my houseplant?
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3. What about feeding and compost for my houseplants?
As they grow, they use up all the goodness given to them by the compost they are planted in. Feed them every six to eight weeks for best results. Give your houseplants fresh compost every 12 months; if the roots are looking root bound, move them to a bigger pot and planter - and watch your plant grow!
4. I'd like to grow flowers indoors. Where do I start?
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Practically anywhere! You can place them on shelves, desks and mantelpieces and let the greenery trail over the edge - or you can buy a one, two or three-tiered hanger to hang your baskets in. Typically, hanging baskets work well in window recesses where open space is going spare, but they also look fab hung above baths and basins, hung from mantelpieces and bookshelves, and hung from the ceiling in areas of the home where you could do with attractive vertical storage such as a kitchen, bathroom, utility room or playroom.
8. When should I repot my houseplant?
Houseplants typically need to be repotted every 12 to 18 months, depending on how actively they are growing. Some slow growers can call the same pot home for years, but will just require a soil change. Spring - before the start of the growth season - is usually the best time to re-pot your houseplants. Click here for how to repot.
Roots are growing through the drainage hole at the bottom of the planter
If you see one or a combination of these signs, you'll know it's time to repot:
Roots are pushing the plant up, out of the planter
Plant is growing slower than normal (different than winter dormancy)
Plant is extremely top heavy, and falls over easily
Plant dries out more quickly than usual, requiring more frequent waterings
Aboveground parts of plant take up more than three times the pot space
Noticeable salt and mineral build up on the plant or planter