#56 RePot Your Plants

Sharing 365 life lessons, tips, or hacks; the things that make life easier, happier, and more productive. I hope you’ll follow along and find them helpful too.

#56

RePot Your Plants

This is often a spring activity but for houseplants, why wait? Especially if they are dropping leaves, not flowering, or quickly drying out – potential signs of a root bound plant. Some people think that as long as plants get enough water and a little sun – that’s all there is to it. Not so!

Over time, that sun and water allow the plant to grow, developing a nice root system as it does so. Those roots can take over the entire pot as it absorbs nutrients from the soil. You may notice roots poking through the bottom of the pot or starting to lift at be base of the plant. Both are clear indications that the plant is desperate for a bigger home.

There is a right and wrong way to repot a plant and the internet is full of videos and articles that explain the best method for the type of plant that you are working with. In some cases, you can literally saw the root ball in half and make two out of one.

For others, transitioning the plant into more comfortable digs means that you need to loosen the soil around the roots as it often gets compacted. Think about how good it would feel to stretch out in your bed after being cramped on a long economy flight and you’ll be able to empathize. Fresh soil is to a plant what nice clean sheets are to a tired traveller. Once your plants have taken up residence in their new home, they’ll need a little extra tender loving care until the root system takes hold in its new environment.

Bound roots aren’t the only reason you may need to repot your plants. The leaves tell a story too, about the soil conditions and potential problems that may require a fresh mix. The Sill is a great resource for plant lovers and problem solving. It’s really a one-stop resource for house plant care.

Live plants add good energy to your living environment and help to keep the air fresh. A little love goes a long way so take care to show them some and …

Repot your plants.

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#249 Nurture a Houseplant

Sharing 365 life lessons, tips, or hacks; the things that make life easier, happier, and more productive. I hope you’ll follow along and find them helpful too.

#249

Nurture a houseplant

Do you have a green thumb? I know some people who have such a prolific way with plants that their home resembles a greenhouse. However, I often find myself talking to people who profess that they can’t grow anything at all. In truth, the whole concept of a ‘green thumb’ is a myth. Growing plants is simple science and with the internet at our fingertips – information on how to keep anything alive is right at our fingertips.

Why houseplants?

The presence of houseplants in our home increases the amount of oxygen available for us to breathe. Plants use the carbon-dioxide we exhale and create oxygen for us to use. Additionally, they produce a bit of humidity, making the air we breathe soothing on our airways.

Plants clean air of toxins and make a home ‘homier’. In research studies, people in hospitals healed faster when plants were part of their environment. In another, workers in office environments that included plants demonstrated higher levels of concentration and proficiency. Plants, it seems, are good for our health in more ways than one.

Easy Options

Time published an article this spring detailing the 15 most common houseplants and easy care tips. Watering too much or too little is really the key and keeping track of which plant takes how much and how often.

Look through the list and pick a few that require similar care. I’ve made the mistake of having some that need water weekly and others that need to dry out completely in between waterings. I would walk around and water them all at the same time not paying attention to what they really needed. There was a bit of self selection… those that didn’t get what they needed – or too much of it… died off.

Start Small

Instead of investing a lot of money of large mature plants, start small and enjoy the satisfaction of watching them grow. If a plant starts to drop leaves, use the internet to determine an appropriate course of action. Experiment a little with water and sunlight based on the conditions in your own home. There’s a tremendous sense of satisfaction in keeping something alive for an extended period. Some of the plants listed in the Time article will send off ‘baby’ plants (as in the Spider plant) when mature; offering you the opportunity to have grandbaby plants. ; )

Go ahead and get your hands dirty; grab a pot, fill it with dirt, and …

Nurture a houseplant.

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