Seven golden care tips

Plants need proper care and attention to keep them healthy. Some people will have more difficulty looking after plants than others. So here are some general guidelines to help you.

 

 

Tip 1: a healthy plant

Regularly check how your plant is doing. If its leaves are green and fresh it will be doing fine. But if they are wilting and look unhealthy there will be something wrong, and you should read the following tips to see what you can do.

Tip 2: light 

Plants need light to produce energy and grow. Some plants need more light than others. Green plants tend to prefer shade or dappled shade. With our guidelines per product we help you with specific information.

Tip 3: water 

Determining when your plant needs water is above all a matter of experience, by getting to know your plants. Here are some tips to help you along:

- in the case of large plants you can tell that a plant needs water if the top of the root ball becomes detached from the rim of the pot;

- a pale brown/grey colour means that the soil is dry, whereas a dark/black colour tells you that the soil is still moist enough.

Tip 4: fertilisers

Plants need food too. Some plants are hungry feeders whereas others have a picky palate. The commonly available houseplant fertilisers contain sufficient nutrients for your plants. Again check per product what is best for your specific plant.

Tip 5: hot and cold feet 

Plants are just like humans. They don't like being too hot or too cold either. And like humans, houseplants don't like draughts or hot or cold feet. If your plant is standing directly on an unheated floor, or on the contrary on a floor with underfloor heating, we advise you to insert an insulating layer of cork or simply an oven cloth between the pot and the floor. That will make the roots of your plant happier.

Tip 6: temperature 

Houseplants like a certain ambient temperature. Usually a room temperature of between 20°C and 25°C will be ideal, and the minimum temperature will be 15°C. Check per variety what is best for your plant.

Tip 7: pests

If your plant should be affected by red spider mites, scale insects or other harmful pests, you will usually have to take quick and effective measures to make it healthy again and prevent the risk of the pests spreading. Special products are available at garden centres and florists to help you control the pests.

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