Your Garden and You

by Sam Bousaks

Caring for Your Plants

Most people don’t understand how much water a plat really needs. A lot of the time, watering a plant too much can kill it, so use this tip to check if your plant needs watering. Put your finger into the soil up to the first joint, and if it comes out dry, you need to water the plant.

Certain plants require different things for their growth, and it is important for you to know which plants require which things. , for example, require more K20 than , which require more nitrogen. To help this, some slow release fertilizers can be mixed in with your compost to promote growth.

Putting your plants in the proper environment is a very important part of their care. Too much sun, and some plants will die, while some plants, Sanseveria and Aspidistra require no sun at all. Make sure to check the tag that comes with your plants to see what kind of environment they like.

Some houseplants can survive in cool or warm temperatures, but drastic changes in temperature may not be good for them. One thing that most plants cannot survive is gas heating. If you have a plant that thrives in warm conditions, don’t put it near an air conditioner during the summer.

Humidity also plays a role in the care of your plants. Some plants require relatively humid conditions, while some do not. A simple way to adjust the humidity for a plant is to “double-boiler” your plant, or put the pot inside a bigger pot, and fill the gap with compost or stones to keep in the moisture.

Some are small enough that they can live their whole lives out in a single pot. Some plants will grow very fast and will need to be moved, although some will not take well to being disturbed. If you take your plant out and see only roots, your plant needs more room, and if not, then you should be alright.

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