Want to bring nature inside a home, but have difficulty with plants? This guide teaches you basic and practical care to make your life, and your home greener.
The main care may be generic, but each plant has its peculiarities (Photo: Decohouse / Reproduction)
Plants are like us humans. Each with its beauty, special features and needs. To help you, here are five tips on how not to sin in the care of species in the home.
1. Styrofoam blocks in the vessel
The vases need a good drainage system so as not to drown or dry the roots. The solution is to fill the lower half of your vessel with small styrofoam blocks. This way, the water will flow better and you will still get a lighter arrangement, as the soil leaves the piece heavier.
Small blocks of Styrofoam help with water drainage (Photo: The Family Handyman / Reproduction)
2. Eggshell water
Artificial fertilizers, or even natural ones, bought ready, can be replaced with homemade recipes. You can create an option indoors from water and eggshells. Besides being a way to reuse litter, you save time, money, and still nourish plants with calcium and potassium.
Eggshells provide potassium and calcium (Photo: Draxe / Reproduction)
3. Daily pruning
Just as we cut our hair to make the wires look healthier, the plants need to be trimmed. There are different ways of taking the excess, this will depend on the space that the vegetable has to grow, the way the light strikes it and the type of foliage.
Trimming helps plants grow in some cases (Photo: Saga / Reproduction)
4. Provide the correct amount of water and light
Those who are accustomed to caring for plants know that it is not always good to water every day. Before buying or planting, make sure about the amounts of light and water required.
5. Coffee filters
The control of the amount of water can also be made from some common utensils. Coffee filters hold soil in place and help drain water.
Filters make it easier to drain water (Photo: Balcony Garden Web / Reproduction)
+ The amount of watering varies according to the species, the time of year and the place of cultivation. A good way to find out the ideal periodicity is to dip your finger a little on the ground. If it is still damp, wait another few days. If it is dry, it is a sign that it is time to water. And remember that water should always be placed on the ground, not on the leaves.
+ In order to obtain a well-drained soil and good for the cultivation of most species, mix two
parts of sand to a piece of land. And avoid leaving the soil soaked, because excessive moisture will rot the roots.
+ To provide equal growth, turn the pot over and over again. It is also important not to change the place pots. If it’s really accurate, do it slowly and gradually so that the species can adapt again. A sudden change can cause a drastic fall of leaves.
+ Make a habit of wiping damp cloths on the sheets to remove dust and make them look better. When discarding a leaf or a dry branch, sprinkle some powdered cinnamon on the cutting site. The ingredient is a natural healing and prevents the entry of fungi and diseases.