In this day and age, when any information is just one finger click away, it has become difficult to figure out what’s actually useful. There is so much noise around us that filtering out the relevant bits of information is increasingly becoming challenging and complicated. The same is the case with indoor planting as every person, whether they be experienced or not, has something to say and some advice to offer. Whether it be advice regarding the right plants for office desk or the correct size of plant containers, you find so much clutter on the internet that you start experiencing information fatigue. This is why planting can seem so intimidating for a beginner, especially when there are so many myths going around. So, we are here to bust some myths about indoor plants to help you avoid this whirlwind of confusion.
A bigger pot equals a bigger plant
Many people don’t want to entertain the idea of repotting their plants in the future as they don’t want to risk it. So, they opt for the easier route of choosing a much bigger pot from the very beginning. We understand that repotting can seem intimidating for beginners, especially when you have put your everything into making a plant flourish. But the truth is that a small plant can’t sustain the amount of root growth needed to fill up a large container. The better approach is to take one small step at a time & repot your plant in progressively larger pots as it keeps growing.
Being too obsessive about when to water your plants
No one water schedule can make your plants have a magical growth spurt. In fact, sometimes, no matter how meticulous you are with your care, the plant ends up dying. However, if it makes you feel less anxious or on schedule, then tracking your plant might be worth it. But, for the rest of the people out there, judging the soil’s condition by sticking your finger in it is a good option. As time goes by, you will start understanding the water demand of your plant as per the temperature, humidity, and sunlight in your house. Just make sure that you have a general idea of the water requirements of the plant variety you are growing.
More the fertilizer, the better the plant growth
Going overboard with fertilizing can be seriously detrimental to your plant. In fact, different kinds of fertilizers will have different amounts of nutrient concentrations, so reading the labels and following recommended dosage is important. If you don’t do this, your plant might experience nutrient overdose and wither.
Misting is as useful as watering
Some people take misting as a substitute for watering their plants, but this can seriously hamper their growth. Plants get most of their water supply from the soil through their roots. So, slightly misting their leaves in a haste is not going to work. However, misting your plants once in a while is okay as it increases humidity in the air, but it shouldn’t become a routine. You need to ensure that you water your plants well, and get the soil wet while doing so and not just the leaves.
With this information in your arsenal, go buy the online plant you always wanted but couldn’t because of these myths. Remember, the correct information and help can be the deciding factor in the success of your planting journey and how much you enjoy it. While some things you will only learn through experience, the right information can lay a solid foundation for you while gardening or planting.
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2 Replies to “Don’t let these myths stop you from buying indoor plants”
A great article to read as I am absolutely hopeless at maintaining healthy indoor plants! I get so embarrassed when friends visit us after buying an indoor plant for us. They often wonder where it is when I have to tell them that it didn’t make it!
Some great tips however to help prevent this happening again!
I love house plants, but really my biggest problem is the lack of light that kills plants. I think in my new house I will make it more natural light coming in from above