Finding the Perfect Spot for your Houseplants
As a plant parent, you know quite well how much excitement a new plant companion can bring! However, picking your plant before you can envision where you want to put it can be a big mistake. You should decide where your plant needs to go before deciding to purchase.
We recommend doing this because plants are quite diverse. Some thrive in bright light, while others prefer a good amount of humidity. If your home is a little too cluttered with other indoor plants, you may not have the space for a new plant. The best way to avoid this is to plan ahead.
Make Sure You Have Enough Space
A common mistake most of us tend to make is to put our new plants too close together or crammed between things, such as furnishings or other objects. This actually blocks the airflow that most plants desperately need in order to breathe. Excellent airflow will help your plant live longer and boast strong stems.
Good airflow also makes it possible to regulate temperature and humidity.
As a general rule of thumb, don't try to squeeze your new plant into the corner of a room or in a space with poor airflow. We recommend allowing six inches of space around the perimeter of your plant. The best places to put indoor plants for excellent airflow include hallways, windows, and tabletops.
Temperature and Humidity
These are major factors to consider when finding a spot for your plant. Some plants require quite a bit more humidity than others. This can be tricky, as most indoor spaces have low humidity due to heaters & air conditioning systems.
We recommend keeping your plants in areas that are not close to air conditioners, heaters, radiators, boilers, etc. For tropical plants that need a ton of humidity, it's going to be necessary to mist them on a regular basis to ensure they stay nourished and healthy. T
Typically, you only need to mist such plants once per day.Alternatively, you can also place them on a pebble tray with water.
When it comes to ideal temperatures, plants can vary significantly. Areas near sunny windows tend to be higher in temperature than other spots in a room, making them ideal for plants that thrives in bright light. This could potentially more watering.
Air conditioners can cause the soil of some plants to dry very slowly, which can be a problem for many plants.
In general, we recommend keeping dryer plants (such as succulents & cactus) in rooms where there are air conditioning or heating units. Tropical plants that need moist soil should be kept in rooms without air conditioning, or at the very least as far away from the units as possible.
Water your indoor plants less often during the wintertime and more so during the summer, as indoor temperatures will be conditioned differently.
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