It's a well known fact that plants of all kinds help to purify air, remove toxins, and contribute to a sense of all around greenery. However, when brought indoors it's hard to keep them thriving with stale air and synthetic sunlight. Try this list of tricks and suggestions to keep your houseplants happy indoors.
Why Do Houseplants Die?
Besides the lack of fresh air and direct sunlight, the most prominent reason houseplants die is because of root rot. The disease, categorized by decaying roots that have been drowned due to excess watering, attacks the plant from the bottom up.
To check, remove the plant from its container and look at the color of the roots. If the tips are white and fibrous, the plant is not suffering from root rot. However, if the roots are black and slimy, you've got a problem.
Can My Plant Be Saved?
Yes! Try to save the plant, unclump the roots and let them dry for 24 hours. When re-potting, use a different pot with more drainage to avoid rotten rots in the future.
Another reason houseplants die is because of a nutrient deficiency. This can be spotted when the plant's leaves turn pale green or light yellow as a result of a lack of nitrogen. A shortage of phosphorus can be spotted when leaves turn dark brown or blueish.
In order to revive a nutrient deficient plant, apply fertilizer and place the plant in more sunlight if possible. When applying the fertilizer, make sure to avoid the leaves and stems as contact could damage the plant further.
Any Other Causes?
Another threat to houseplants is accumulated salts. You can spot this by identifying a white or yellowish crust creeping on top of the soil and stems. It's caused by the accumulation of unused nutrients from fertilizers or hard water.
In order to remove the crust, once a month apply enough water to the soil to wash out any accumulated salts. To stimulate a faster change, change the soil and the pot of the plant. Loose, porous soil is less likely to develop a crust.
Provide your houseplants a chance to life by following these tips!