Indoor plants purify the air that we breath and studies have shown that even though they have a calming effect on mankind, they also do increase the productivity of workers in an office situation.

For indoor plants to flourish and not only survive, they need to be in a happy environment.

How many of us have purchased pot plants with the best intentions, only to be let down in time? For indoor plants to flourish and not only survive, they need to be in a happy environment.

Light intensity

Always ensure that indoor plants are well positioned according to the required light intensity. Most indoor plants are tropical plants and do not require any direct sunlight. Indoor plants require either well-lit areas, areas of medium light intensity or low light areas. Plant purchases must be made accordingly to the available light intensity in the specific room/area you want to put your plant in.

Always ensure that indoor plants are well positioned according to the required light intensity

Soil care

After a few years of growing in the same pot container, potted plants can become pot bound. This means that their roots have become entangled in the limited growing space of the pot. Knotted roots can strangle one another and limit the absorption of plant nutrients and water. Removing the plant from its container and opening up the root ball is advisable. Check the health of the roots and cut away any unhealthy looking roots.

It is also advisable to remove old potting soil from the plant container as it will lose its fertility over time. Add fresh potting soil to the pot container when replanting the pot plant. Please note that potting soil must be used and not garden soil. Garden soil will become too compacted in the pot container and may lead to the deterioration and ultimately the death of a potted plant.

It is advisable to remove old potting soil from the plant container as it will lose its fertility over time and replace with new potting soil

Fertilizers

As pot plants grow in a very confined space and limited within the actual pot container, their roots can not search for plant nutrients in the same way that normal garden plants do. It is therefore necessary to feed pot plants on a regular basis. Water soluble fertilizers work best. Dissolve this kind of fertilizer in water and give the pot plants a thorough soaking.

Water requirements

Not all potted plants require the same amount of water. The amount of water and the watering frequency is best determined by feeling the moisture content of the soil with your finger. If soil on the tip of your finger is not for you, one can purchase a moisture meter – a probe that makes the measuring of the moisture content of the soil easier.

In general, it is far better to give potted plants a good, thorough soaking less often than a little bit of water every day. Small amounts of water given on a frequent basis will only wet the top proportion of the potting soil and the plant’s roots will be stimulated to only grow in this moistened zone.

Most indoor plants perish because of wrong watering patterns where too much water is given. Poor drainage or constantly wet potting soils will cause the roots to rot and to disintegrate. Soils need to be moist and not wet as plant roots require both air and water at their roots.

In nature dust is removed from plant leaves by rainfall. It is important to remember that indoor plants also need the dust to be removed form their leaves – to help them to breath. Plant wipes can be purchased at your local nurseries, specially made for this purpose and it is safe to use on your plant.

Well cared for potted plants have so much to offer – not only does it add beauty to your home but also increase your well-being. Why not give it a go?