How to Take Care of Plants

By Elizabeth Hannigan , last updated April 27, 2011

You know that plants can brighten up your home and are supposed to be able to clean your air and reduce your stress, but you aren't quite sure how to take care of them. Whenever you have tried to keep a houseplant in the past, you've always accidentally killed it. Chances are, your plants are dying either because you are just plain forgetful and you aren't taking regular care of them or you do not understand their needs to begin with. Nobody is born with a black thumb. If you make it a point to dedicate a little bit of time to your houseplants every day, you can have your very own flourishing indoor garden.

Plants Need Sunlight

Human beings and other animals get most of their energy from food, but plants need to absorb their energy from the sun through a process called photosynthesis. Just like not every animal needs the same amount of food, though, not every plant needs the same amount of sun. Some need full, direct sunlight whereas others just like a little bit of light early in the morning. The next time you buy a plant, do some research. Figure out what kind of plant you bought and how much sunlight it needs. If you buy a plant that needs full sun, the plant probably won't survive in a corner of your apartment. Choose a plant that you can accommodate.

Plants Need Water

You know that your plant needs water, but do you know how much water it needs? Do you need to water it once per day? Once per month? Most houseplants like moist soil, but they won't survive in standing water. This means that you should touch the soil your plant grows in to check it if needs water. If the soil feels damp but not soggy, the plant is probably okay. The soil should probably not be dry and it should probably also not have puddles.

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