How to Pot an Indoor Plant


A houseplant can add beauty and color to a living space. Indoor plants bring the green inside your home and have been shown to improve air quality. Those with allergies should avoid flowering plants, as they do carry pollen that can cause symptoms to irrupt. Vines and ivy are beneficial to those that suffer from allergy symptoms. Potting these plants will bring the beauty indoors for festive, yearlong pleasure.

Step 1

Fill a planter with potting soil. Firm the soil into the pot and fill until it is 1 inch below the container's edge.

Step 2

Dig a hole in the center of the planter with a hand shovel. Ensure that the depth of the hole is in accordance with the type of plant you are potting. Generally, all plants require enough depth to cover the entire root ball in soil. Press the soil around the plant, firming it into the pot. Water until the soil is moist. Do not over water.

Step 3

Place the planter in an indoor area of direct light if a flowering plant has been chosen. This light can be artificial from a lamp or direct sunlight from a window. Maintain the soil with a weekly indoor plant food.

Things You'll Need

  • Pot
  • Potting soil
  • Hand shovel
  • Water


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