Indoor plants

Growing indoor plants

Which are the most common

Indoor plants perform different functions within your home: they embellish and furnish the rooms, counteract humidity, eliminate bad smells and oxygenate the air. Indoor plants can be climbing or decumbent, small or large, with evergreen foliage or bright flowers, the choice must simply be dictated by the space available and personal taste. Among the various species of houseplants, compact plants with long and narrow leaves such as ferns, begonias, azaleas and sansevieria are mainly chosen. If you have space you can place plants with hanging branches such as Columnea, Rhoicissus and Nephrolepis. For those who love plants of tropical origin that produce brightly colored flowers there are the Anthuriums,

How to cure them

Most houseplants need a lot of light, so it is advisable to place them in front of the windows; exposure to light must not be direct so as not to cause yellowing of the leaves; some plants instead need direct light so place them on windows not covered by curtains. To favor the growth and homogeneous development of the plant it is advisable to rotate it once a week by 90 °. Indoor plants are very delicate and must be placed in environments with an internal temperature ranging between 15 ° C and 20 ° C; moreover they must not be exposed to drafts of air and thermal changes. In order not to damage the plant, do not place it near fireplaces or stoves and take care to change the air inside the room to prevent

How to plant and water them

After purchasing a houseplant, it is necessary to repot it in a larger terracotta pot to encourage growth and homogeneous development. Inside the new pot put some compost-rich soil; this soil drains water and keeps the plant moist thereby retaining essential nutrients for growth. Houseplants need constant and regular watering and the water must be poured directly onto the soil and not the leaves. This type of plant suffers greatly from both excess water and lack of irrigation; in the first case the leaves tend to turn yellow and fall, while if you water too much the roots tend to rot. For proper irrigation, make sure that the pot has holes to drain the

Growing indoor plants: How to clean and fertilize them

Indoor plants need constant and scrupulous cleaning, to avoid the onset of diseases and molds. To clean the plants, use a slightly damp cloth to remove dust from the foliage or alternatively vaporize the leaves with water; this operation is necessary to avoid clogging of the pores. For a more intensive cleaning that preserves the development of the entire plant, remove dead leaves and withered flowers. Houseplants also need to be fertilized especially during the flowering phase. The fertilizer must be administered in the months of February – March on a weekly basis if you choose a liquid fertilizer to dissolve in water; if a gradual release fertilizer is used, the frequency of administration must be monthly.

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