Stop Killing Your House Plants


I have a serious confession to make: I’m a murderer. A killer of life, no less. Surely I must be wanted somewhere for my crimes. The unhappy of fate of any plant that enters my house is to starve, drown or fall prey to some mystery illness. At first, I believed it was them. I now understand that it’s me. So I stuck my nose around and gained a few tips from a few experts (namely, my mum) to help life flourish within my walls.

Don’t water plants every single day

It may sound counter-intuitive, but how often does it rain everyday? Plants are not designed to receive constant water but rather to retain water when it is present. It is much better to water your plants reasonably generously three times a week or they’ll drown and rot from the roots. Of course, that’s only a rule of thumb; if in doubt about a specific plant, pop into a local garden centre and ask for their advice. Just remember to water them, unlike me who forgets them for two weeks at a time then wonders why they are looking lifeless.

Don’t put them near sources of heat

This means radiators, heaters, fireplaces, hobs, anything that produces heat. Unless you need to keep your plant in a special greenhouse, most plants prefer to be on the chilly side. They certainly don’t appreciate the artificial heat that radiators and central heating produces because it dries them out too quickly. In some cases, it can also encourage diseases. Place them away from these sources, preferably outside or near a cool window.

Make sure that you rotate your plants

Almost everyone knows that a plant will lean towards the nearest source of light of optimal photosynthesis. However, if you don’t rotate the plant every now and then, it can get too heavy or cause the side away from the sun to whither. Your plant might not die, per se, but it’ll look strange and not produce as many flowers or leaves.

Since following these tips, I have successfully managed to maintain a scotch bonnet chilli plant in my room and it seems to be enjoying itself. Plants are a wonderful addition to any living space, and are a great way to make a small room seem bigger. If you are in doubt about any of the plants in your house or are interested in cultivating your own indoor-outdoor space, ask for help in your local garden centre.

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