Listed bad habits in caring for plants in the video
one Buy pots without drainage holes
Very nice pots without any holes in the bottom are often found in home improvement stores. We are attracted by the appearance and we buy them for our houseplants. However, in such they will feel bad, since drainage is necessary even for moisture-loving plants. Excess moisture escapes from the soil through a hole in the bottom of the pot. If it is not there, the swampy and damp soil will not benefit any flower: its roots will quickly rot. Therefore, it is worth abandoning the habit of buying beautiful, but unsuitable pots.
2 Check soil moisture with a stick
A popular tip for testing the moisture content of a pot is to stick a long stick into the pot. However, this can do much more harm than good. Many plants have fragile root systems that regular moisture checks can damage them. Even if you do it very carefully, it is easy to upset the balance. Loosening the ground with sticks is not worth it for the same reason.
It is better to buy an inexpensive moisture sensor that will signal a lack of moisture in the soil. Usually it is once stuck into the ground and left in a pot.
3 Water all plants on the same day
A common habit is to allocate one day a week and water all the plants at once. Often we do it on weekends, as there is free time. However, each flower in your apartment should have its own watering schedule. It depends on the type of plant, the substrate in which it is located, the size of its pot and even the location in the house, since a large amount of sun dries the soil faster.
It is best to have a schedule, you can even draw a table on paper, so as not to forget to water the plants you need. And on the weekend, when there is time, check which flowers lack moisture, which ones need to be transplanted or cut off. In this mode, they will feel much better.
four Worry about every yellow leaf
Expecting live plants to always look perfect is quite difficult. They, like other organisms, develop and are subject to aging. Therefore, you should not worry once again because of a discarded or yellowed leaf. The habit of immediately looking for a problem and trying to solve it will lead to the death of the plant. Do not urgently water it, fertilize it or prune it — all this can worsen the situation. All you have to do if you suspect something is wrong is to carefully observe the flower, while sticking to the usual care.
5 Use automatic watering systems at all times
An automatic watering system is a great solution for long trips and vacations. However, applying it on an ongoing basis is a bad habit, it will not help solve the problem with regular watering. There are many factors that the system cannot take into account. Every plant in your home needs a different watering schedule and frequency. It will not be possible to adjust these parameters ideally for all colors. Therefore, it is better to follow the watering yourself — so the plants will feel better.
6 Pour the remaining water in the cup into the pot
Another habit that harms plants is pouring leftover water from a cup or baby bottle into a pot instead of down the sink. Many feel sorry for wasting water, so they think that additional watering of flowers will not hurt. However, with this approach, plants may receive too much liquid or, conversely, experience a shortage if you decide that such watering is enough for them. Eventually the flowers will die.
7 Believe advertising and bloggers
In beautiful pictures on the Internet or in professionally shot videos, houseplants are often used as decoration. They are framed to enliven the image and add bright colors. However, most photogenic plants cannot be kept under the conditions that we are shown.
Repeating the plot from the picture at home, we often make the mistake of putting the flowers in a place where they will feel bad. For example, in the bright sun they will get burned, and in the corner of the living room they will not have enough light. You should not trust the photographs, it is better to study the features of caring for the plant and independently adapt it to your home conditions.
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