How to Care for Potted Plants Indoors

Overview

Plants add a natural beauty to any indoor surroundings and many improve the air quality as well. Houseplants come in all sizes, shapes and various colors to fit in any location or with any décor. Placing these potted plants around your home brings a little bit of Mother Nature indoors. Caring for potted plants properly ensures the plants flourish. Provide your houseplants with the basic requirements, and you can enjoy them for years to come.

Step 1

Place your potted plants in locations indoors providing the proper amount of sunlight. Grow flowering houseplants near east, west or south facing windows, suggests the University of Missouri. Locate foliage plants by north windows or at south windows, if the plants call for full sun.

Step 2

Keep potted indoor plants clear of areas producing drafts or sudden changes of temperatures, such as near registers or appliances. The majority of houseplants thrive with indoor temperatures ranging from 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Purdue University.

Step 3

Supply the proper amount of water to your potted plants, but only when needed. Check the soil to a depth of 1/4 inch daily in each plant. Water the plant until water comes out the drainage holes.

Step 4

Provide monthly fertilizer to your potted indoor plants, but only during the growing season. Use a basic houseplant fertilizer as directed on label.

Step 5

Increase the humidity around your indoor plants when possible, since most homes do not supply the 40 to 60 percent humidity that is best for the majority of potted plants. Place the plants close together or near trays filled with rocks, pebbles or sand covered with water.

Step 6

Repot your houseplants if they outgrow the pot or become root bound. Transplant the plant in a container at least one size (2-inches) larger, and use a top quality potting soil.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not allow the indoor potted plants to sit in water for more than an hour after watering. This could cause the roots to rot and lead to the demise of the houseplant.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Fertilizer

References

  • University of Missouri: Caring for Houseplants
  • Purdue University: Indoor Plant Care

Who Can Help

  • University of Florida: Care of Plants in the Home
  • North Dakota State University: Houseplants
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Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published on Yahoo!, the Travel Channel and Intel.