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Gardening tips: How not to kill your houseplants


There has been an increase in houseplant sales over the past year. The online plant shop Patch has seen a 400 percent rise in sales over the past year, while the Royal Horticultural Society reports an increase of 86.7 percent in the sales of foliage house plants.

The RHS said that most houseplants thrive in warm rooms and even temperatures all year round.

During winter, move plants to rooms which are not overheated during the day, but maintain the required minimum temperatures.

When it comes to watering your plants, it is important to be mindful about how much water you are giving them, as one of the most common ways to kill your houseplants is by overwatering them.

Use water that is the same temperature as your room and, after watering the plant, leave it well alone until the top centimetre or two has dried out completely.

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Then, water the plant thoroughly again, but avoid letting let it sit in water.

In winter, the RHS recommended gradually reducing watering until the compost is almost dry.

To feed your plants, liquid feeds are generally the best, the RHS advised.

Choose one high in potassium for flowering plants and a balanced feed for foliage plants.

Many indoor plants come from tropical regions with high humidity, and so regular misting helps to maintain humidity and cleans leaves.

Some plants enjoy being placed on trays with gravel and water, again for humidity levels, but never with the pot or roots sitting in the water.

But don’t mist dry-loving plants such as cacti, succulents, or plants with hairy leaves.

The RHS warned gardeners that overwatering, fluctuating temperatures and draughty positions are the main causes of leaf browning and drop.

If your plant starts to brown, or leaves start to drop, look at your watering regime, and check room temperatures and draughts.


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