Growing plants can be a pleasant experience. The process isn't challenging unless you tell yourself that it will be. Growing successful plants involves providing the plant with the things it needs, in the appropriate order, and in the appropriate amount. The process also involves plenty of patience, and allowing the plant time to produce its nutrients, develop and thrive.
Select a plant that is compatible with your life, advises the website Guide to Carefree Houseplants. Pick a succulent or other drought-tolerant plant if you aren't around to water your plant regularly. Choose a dracaena or ficus to clean air pollutants from your indoor environment. Whatever the selection, make sure the plant fits your needs and your schedule.
Select a planting container for your plant. Choose a container that is about 2 to 3 inches wider and deeper than the spread of your plant's root system. Make sure that the container is well-drained. Choose a container with several drainage holes over a container with one central hole to promote a more even flow of the excess water.
Remove your plant from its current container and gently remove the excess soil from its root system. Inspect the roots closely for signs of wilt or damage. Use sharp, sterile scissors to remove any dead or dying roots.
Line the bottom third of your planting container with a layer of clean, nutrient-rich soil. Place your plant in the center of the container and fill the container with soil. Press the soil firmly around your plant to secure its position. Make sure no roots are showing from the surface.
Irrigate your plant according to its needs, as recommended by the Purdue University Cooperative Extension. Always irrigate your plant deeply until the water flows evenly from the bottom of the container. Allow drought-tolerant plants, such as ficus and succulents, to dry out slightly in between irrigations. Provide drought intolerant plants with regular irrigations to maintain a moist soil environment.
Place your plant in a warm, sunny location. Choose a location that receives about six hours of full to partially shaded sunlight each day, as recommended by The University of Georgia. Adjust the sunlight selection according to your plant's needs, because some plants demand more sunlight than others.
Feed your plant in the spring, just before the growing season begins. Select a fertilizer according to the needs of the plant. Feed all plants at least once each year. Apply additional feedings according to the plant's needs. Avoid overfertilizing to prevent root burn and potential injury.
Inspect your plant regularly for signs of adverse health. Look for signs of insect infestation such as spider webs, spider mites and nibbled foliage. Treat infested plants with an insecticide spray and follow the instructions carefully.