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Houseplants 101

Rob Thiessen

A Healdsburg native through and through, Rob broke into the real estate profession after laying down the law as a police officer for the City of Heald...

A Healdsburg native through and through, Rob broke into the real estate profession after laying down the law as a police officer for the City of Heald...

Sep 30 3 minutes read

Live plants can do wonders for you and your home. Indoor plants are not only decorative, they also help clean the environment and air around them. From succulents to blooming houseplants, learn everything you need to know to have your plants thrive in your home.

Incorporate Live Plants Into Your Home

Succulents:

These low maintenance plants are the perfect starter plants. Especially great for busy homeowners, they don’t require much watering or care and add a nice accent to any room in the house.

Humidity loving plants:

Bathroom plants can make any bathroom look cheery and bright. Place your flower pot on gravel, loose rocks or sand to trap moisture and keep your plants happy year-round.

Kitchen herbs:

Your kitchen and cooking will benefit from kitchen herbs! Place them on your windowsill and use them in your favorite dishes.

Hanging plants:

Hanging potted plants is a fun way to liven up your decor. Adding hanging baskets to an existing collection of houseplants creates a layered look, with plants from floor to ceiling.

The Best Indoor Houseplants


How to Care for Indoor Plants

Once you’ve decided to grow houseplants, you’ll need to know how to care for them - especially as the seasons change, you’ll need to help your plants adapt to the climate inside your home.

Repotting

I bought a plant… how do I add it to my pot? Choose the right container and potting mix. The biggest killer of plants is soggy soil. You must find a new pot that is only slightly bigger and has the proper drainage for excess water. Choose an all-purpose potting mix for most plants or a cactus mix for succulents that require excellent drainage. 

Climate

In the fall and winter, you’re most likely turning the heat up in your home. This could be a problem for plants that favor humidity or cooler temperatures. Be sure to keep a close eye on the changing nature of the plant’s water consumption and what climate they prefer. If you notice your plant leaves turning yellow or develop brown patches, consider purchasing a humidifier and moving your plant to a warmer or cooler location. 

Lighting

Along with drops in temperature, colder seasons also mean fewer hours of sunlight. If your plant requires direct or indirect sunlight to grow, consider placing plants in windowsills or purchasing a grow lamp if this isn’t enough. 

Nutrients 

Some plants need additional nutrients in the fall and winter in order to flourish. Not to worry, as this can easily be accomplished by repotting your plants with nutrient-rich soil, which releases nutrients over time. Some soil is specially formulated for indoor plants, which feature all the basic nutrients they will need to thrive inside your home.

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