Unlucky when it comes to indoor plants? You are probably missing some basic rules for caring for houseplants. Firm Housekeeping has listed them for you; how to take care of them, water them and let them grow and bloom.

1 – Buy consciously

Have you ever wondered where your plants actually come from? Are they perhaps “stressed” and have traveled long distances with little light, air and stress? Or are green souls grown in the garden center near you?

Buying regionally also makes a lot of sense for indoor and garden plants. With a specialist seller you trust, you can be sure that your plant comes from good breeding. He is also available as an expert for questions about location, care and more.

2 – Choose the right place

Think carefully before buying a houseplant: can I give it the ideal place in my house?

Some plants like light, others partial shade, and others can handle dark corners well. Be careful when placing it directly above or next to the stove or radiator! The escaping heat can quickly dry out your green favorites.

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3 – Water carefully

Neither too much nor too little. When it comes to watering, the right amount is important. Say goodbye to regular, weekly “watering” days and instead water green housemates according to their individual needs.

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Do not water the plants again until the soil is dry. If this is the case, the culture must be sufficiently saturated with water. It is best to let them “drink themselves” in the sink filled with water (not too cold).

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4 – Also take care of the leaves

Whether human or animal, everyone needs affection, preferably as often as possible. Your plants are no different!

As living organisms, they enjoy “special treats”, such as the daily “stroking” of leaves. This promotes growth and vigor, especially when the green is still young.

In general, take a good look at the leaves of your plant: if they are discolored or completely dried out, you must remove the affected leaves, as they are harmful to the plant.

Regular leaf dusting is also essential for happy plant life. A layer of dust prevents the plant from absorbing enough sunlight and oxygen.

Simply wipe the dust from the leaves with a damp cloth, allowing the plant to “breathe” again.

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Spraying the leaves with water also helps provide the plant with sufficient moisture.

5 – The basics must be good

To survive in a pot, a plant needs enough nutrients. These energy providers are stored in the ground along with the water and transmitted to the plant. Here too, each houseplant has its own requirements.

Normally, plants get by with high-quality conventional potting soil. It is recognized by an airy and fine structure and a production without peat. Peat makes the soil acidic and this ingredient should also be avoided for environmental reasons.

However, some are happier with a special background. Succulents and cacti, for example, typically grow in desert conditions. That is why these types of plants need soil with a loose structure, in which water can drain well and without waterlogging.

6 – Repot in time

To keep your plant growing evenly, repot it every one to three years, depending on its size. Otherwise, the roots will quickly reach their limits.

The best time to repot houseplants is spring.

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Remove the plant from the old pot and gently shake off the old soil. Dried or rotten roots can be removed without hesitation. Now place the plant in a larger pot and fill the pot with the required amount of soil. Finally, water the plant sufficiently and return it to its usual place.

7 – Provide fresh air

Did you know that plants have a much more urgent need for fresh air than humans?

This supports growth and helps green housemates dispose of their waste. It is therefore best to air the entire apartment several times a day and absolutely make sure that indoor plants are not in a draft. These can react very sensitively and drop their leaves.

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Especially in winter, when airing, make sure that the plants are not directly in front of the window. Instead, give these candidates a more sheltered, but bright place to spend the winter.

8 – Fertilize correctly

Not only do our balcony and garden plants need additional nutrition in the form of manure, but indoor plants also depend on it to be able to defend themselves adequately against diseases.

Even the best soil will eventually run out of nutrients, which can then be replenished as liquid manure Where fertilizer sticks.

How often your plants need to be fertilized depends on the type and fertilizer you use. The rule of thumb is: Use liquid fertilizer regularly every two weeks. Fertilizer sticks only every three months (nutrients are slowly released into the soil).

Give your houseplants a break from fertilizing in winter and also water less than in summer and spring.