Easy Care for House Plants

Overview

Houseplants add green foliage and color to indoor areas. Many houseplants are evergreen plants that add color all year long inside the home. Some are grown for their foliage while others flower in season. Caring properly for your houseplants depends on the variety of plant you are growing, but most indoor plants have similar care requirements. While the home does not provide the perfect climate for all plants, most houseplants thrive inside if they are looked after properly.

Step 1

Place the houseplant in an area that receives the amount of light necessary for the particular plant. Generally, flowering houseplants require bright, indirect light. Foliage plants require either low light, such as that provided by indoor light fixtures, or moderate light, such as that provided in a south facing windowsill. Check the plant label for the light requirements.

Step 2

Water houseplants when the top 1 inch of soil begins to feel dry if you stick your finger in it. Water until the excess moisture begins to drain out of the bottom of the pot and into the pot's drip tray. Empty the drip tray after watering, as standing water can breed disease.

Step 3

Place humidity-loving plants, such as orchids, in kitchens, bathroom or in a terrarium to provide higher humidity. Mist more tolerant plants daily with water from a spray bottle to provide some air moisture during the dry winter months.

Step 4

Fertilize plants once a month with a soluble houseplant fertilizer, following label application instructions. Fertilize only when the plant is actively growing or flowering and not when it is dormant. Many plants are dormant in winter.

Tips and Warnings

  • Improper watering is often the cause of houseplant death. Always feel the soil before watering to make sure the plant needs it.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Fertilizer

References

  • University of Missouri Extension: Caring for House Plants
Keywords: easy houseplant care, growing houseplants, indoor plant maintenance

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.