Indoor Most Plants (Maintenance)
Most plants Principles of ecological maintenance Tips for keeping indoor houseplants healthy:
-Respect their light needs.
-Maintain appropriate temperatures for their growth; avoid placing plants too close to heat sources or in cold drafts.
-Ensure adequate air humidity (most plants grow best when the relative humidity is between 40 and 60%).
–Water deeply and as needed.
Use warm water (ideally, it should sit for 24 hours so that the chlorine evaporates).
–Fertilize in times of active growth only, usually from March to October.
-Report the plants or replace the potting soil on the surface every year (valid for most plants), ideally at the beginning of the growth period.
What if an indoor plant looks bad?
-Ensure that the plant benefits from good growing conditions and adequate care. Many factors such as lack of light, irregular watering or low humidity can affect the appearance and growth of plants.
-Isolate the plant for a while if the damage appears to be caused by a pest or disease.
-Limit, if possible, the proliferation of pests or the spread of the disease by pruning the affected parts; Disinfect the cutting tools regularly with rubbing alcohol.
-Consider cutting or dividing the plant when there are still healthy parts.
-Use, as a last resort, a low impact pesticide (read the product label) or a homemade recipe.
Ecological Solutions to the Most Common Problems Pests Mites (spider mites) Mites, which look like tiny spiders, often weave thin, whitish webs. By feeding on the sap, they cause yellowing of the foliage.
-Spray the leaves of attacked plants often with lukewarm water, as mites prefer dry conditions.
-Apply, as a last resort, a homemade insecticidal soap recipe. Mealybugs, often immobile, can look like tiny rounded scales, miniature flat discs or small balls of cotton wool. They cause yellowing and leaf drop by sucking sap. Foliage and stems are often covered with a sticky substance (honeydew).
-Apply rubbing alcohol directly to mealybugs using a cotton swab; inspect the plant regularly and repeat the treatment as needed. Whiteflies By sucking plant sap, whiteflies cause small yellowish spots or pale spots on the top of the leaves. A sticky substance (honeydew) is often found on the plant.