Having a hard time staying consistent in your plant care routine? You’re not alone friend – it takes work to keep our plant-babies in their healthiest form! Which is why I’m going to share with you my top tips so you can fully enjoy watching your plants continue to thrive.
My first suggestion is to make this a part of your DAILY routine. I like to walk around and check in on all of my plants each morning with my coffee – ahhh sounds like such a pleasant morning doesn’t it? Now let’s talk about what to look for as you check in on each of your houseplants:
DOES IT NEED WATER?
Most houseplants, aside from succulents and cacti, want to be watered when the top inch of their soil has dried out.
If the soil has been left for a long period of time and has become compacted, try using chopsticks to poke holes in the soil offering aeration and more room for roots to grow. No need to overdue the holes, keep this to two pokes per inch of your pot’s diameter. Then make sure to water thoroughly, allowing the excess to drain through the bottom hole of your planter.
ARE THE LEAVES DIRTY?
A clean plant is a happy plant my friends! Dusting your plant’s leaves can help photosynthesis take course while keeping your plant-babies looking fresh and clean. Simply dampen a sponge or towel and gently brush over each leaf.
DOES YOUR PLANT NEED VERTICAL SUPPORT?
Sometimes plants need a little extra stability, especially for our taller-stemmed friends. An easy fix here is to add chopsticks, wooden craft sticks, or wooden skewers you might already have in your home. Secure them in the soil and use twine or string to lift up those droopy stems.
If you are working with a much larger plant such as a Monstera, consider creating your own DIY moss pole like this one!
DOES YOUR PLANT HAVE ANY SIGNS OF PESTS?
Always be looking for signs of bugs and pests – if you come across something you’re unsure of, Google it!
Mealybugs are a common pest for houseplants and there are a number of ways to rid your plants of these. My go-to combat is to dip a Q-tip in rubbing alcohol and dab the mealybugs away.
IS YOUR PLANT UNHAPPY NO MATTER HOW MUCH OR HOW LITTLE YOU WATER IT?
If you haven’t already, check online to see how much water your plant requires and try adjusting per this info. Another topic to look up would be what kind of light your plant prefers. Many houseplants love indirect light, but some require more of a “bright” indirect light. Do a little research before moving your plant to a new space, making sure to check in each day to note the changes it may begin experiencing.
Another thought on lighting needs… if your plant is doing very well on one side, consider turning the plant each time you water to evenly disperse the light. This is a good rule of thumb to follow for all houseplants.
DOES YOUR PLANT HAVE BROWN OR YELLOW LEAVES?
I always suggest removing these, as they are only taking away nutrients from the leaves that are still healthy and growing on your plant. Sometimes these will even fall off by touch, which is completely normal!
Last but not least (actually my favorite)…
DOES YOUR PLANT HAVE NEW GROWTH?
This is the telltale sign that your plant is happy and living it’s best life! Like these little guys!
BONUS TIP: If propagating plant cuttings in water, make sure to change out the water once a week to keep your cuttings healthy. You’d be surprised how dirty that water will get!
I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips and that they help you along your journey of curating a consistent plant care routine for your plants.