By Dr. Citrina
Green fingers. They’ve still yet to prove their existence you know…probably because the worst crimes perpetrated against houseplants are actually pretty simple. With a little more confidence – or sometimes maybe a little less – we can all prove to be expert gardeners. Well…maybe not all of us (I don’t want to flood the expert gardener market after all), but surely most of us can improve our plant-knowledge enough to keep our humble houseplants alive and happy? Welcome to the Citrina Blog…I’m Dr. Citrina and these are my Worst 8 Mistakes to Avoid for Happy Houseplants.
Ignoring instructions for their care
So this is probably the easiest for us to get around…those notes attached to your plant are there to help you – and your plant. Refer to the how-to sheet provided by the florist or nursery - or the seed packet if you have grown from scratch. Try online – Citrina, for example, provide details on care for each of our plants, from watering to repotting. The internet is a wealth of information for any variety of houseplant. To cut down on clutter, you could even scan each plant’s notes and store them digitally. Well maybe that’s going a little OCD…but, hey, your plants aren’t there to judge…
Over-watering or Under-draining
Well, this is a big one. Over-watering, and its moustached evil twin, inadequate drainage, is perhaps the most common cause of death for unfortunate houseplants. Excesses of water will flush away the valuable nutrients in a plant’s soil – leading to insufficient oxygen being available to it. It can also rot away at its roots. The other extreme is that under-watering will make the plant literally die of thirst. Our care page details how to avoid these problems – it’s a lot simpler than you might think.
And a happy plant is a healthy plant.