Whether you live in a high-rise flat or simply want to bring greenery into your home, indoor plants continue to be a popular choice. They help to cleanse the air in your home, have a calming effect on your mental health and are said to minimise the feeling of fatigue. However, it’s not uncommon for many of us to struggle with keeping them at their best. Once you know how best to care for your houseplants, you’ll be able to appreciate them to their full glory.

Choose the Right Plant

There are hundreds of indoor plants available on the market, but you should try to choose one that is ideally suited to your home. To get the best results, try to match the plant’s natural habitat as much as possible. Think of available sunlight, space for them to grow and humidity levels typically found in the designated room.

Watering Schedule

One of the areas that new indoor plant owners tend to fall short is watering; they either do it too much or too little. There is no overall generic rule for how much water a plant needs as this varies significantly depending on the species. However, one top tip is to make sure you only water them when the top inch of soil feels dry.

Choosing a Location

All indoor plants need natural sunlight, which can be a challenge, especially if you have a limited number of windows in your home. Consider how much light you get during the day at different times throughout the year, and remember that the closer you position a plant to the window, the more light it will get. Too little sunlight can result in dropping or pale leaves; too much will cause dried soil and crispy leaves.

Pets and Small Children

Family pets and very young children are fascinated by everything. The last thing you want is to nurture your plant to perfection only to have it pulled off the shelf or have its leaves ripped off in a fit of excitement. When choosing your location, consider whether it can be reached by these members of your family and how this can be prevented.

Our team here at West Somerset Garden Centre are committed to helping gardeners of all skill levels enjoy plants of all kinds. If you have any questions about our range of indoor plants or advice on keeping your houseplants in the best condition, get in touch with the team here today.