How to care for your house plants

These tips will keep your house plants alive and looking great!

When it comes to your home, house plants can brighten up almost any space and they’re even beneficial to our health. But if you find caring for them a little intimidating, you’re not alone!

Our friends at The Home & Garden Center in Longview are here to share a few tips on keeping those house plants in the best shape.

First, the biggest downfall to caring to your house plants is actually trying too hard. If you’re looking at your plant and it doesn’t look great, think twice before giving it some water. Over watering a plant isn’t always the answer.

“Before you water you’ll want to stick your finger into the soil about an inch deep,” said Michelle Westbrook. “If it feels moist, leave it alone. If it feels dry then give it a drink.”

There are also a few easy tips to keep your plants happier.

Add Humidity

“Most house plants are tropicals which means these guys love humidity.,” said Westbrook. “You would think here in East Texas we would be okay with that, but with our heat and air systems running full blast most of the year, this can really dry out the air inside our homes. ”

You can remedy this by putting a small humidifier next to your plants, or adding a layer of gravel into a saucer and filling it with water.

Wipe Their Leaves

“Another easy thing you can do to make your plants happier is occasionally, and gently, wipe off your leaves with a wash cloth and water,” said Westbrook. “Over time dust can build on the leaves and block a plants ability from absorbing light.”

Let Plants Properly Drain

“Most plants given as gifts will have some sort of cover that will act as a saucer,” said Westbrook.” Each time you water the plant you will want to take the plant out of the cover, set it aside to drain, then set it back inside the cover.”

This applies to all indoor house plants. Sitting in water will slowly drown a plant. You never want to leave a house plant sitting in water.

Check Their Root System 

“Most house plants given as gifts are good for up to two years in the pot, but it never hurts to check,” said Westbrook. “A plant that’s root bound just won’t thrive.”

And remember when upgrading your pot you only want to go up one size from the pot it’s currently in. Any larger than that can stress out the plant.

If you’re on board to get some house plants of your own, but don’t know where to start, here are 3 you can check out:

1. Succulents

“The first group of plants we’ll talk about are succulents,” said Westbrook. “And these guys thrive on neglect. Give these guys a bright spot to sit in and an occasional drink and they will love you forever. The biggest killer of these guys is actually loving them too much by just giving them too much water.”

2. Peace Lilies

“You’ve probably heard of it by it’s nickname the closet plant because it can practically live in a closet,” said Westbrook. “It’s pretty forgiving and will even tell you if it’s not getting enough water by drooping towards the ground. After watering they perk right back up.”

3. Corn Plant

“The third plant is a corn plant,” said Westbrook. “The more water you give them the happier they are, but they will thrive on neglect and will do okay in darker spots.”

If you have any questions, you can reach out to the Home & Garden Center, or check out their website here.

The Home & Garden Center is located at 4513 W Loop 281 in Longview. Their hours are 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays, and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Sundays. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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