Indoor Gardening Tips for a Man Who's Very Scared of Plants

Houseplants can liven up a living space in a home or office. Don't be afraid to take on the responsibility of caring for plants. Many plants are available that require minimal care from the beginning gardener. Nor do all master gardeners need to be women. Men who are just being introduced to plants can also garden by learning the basic tips of caring for houseplants.

Healthy Foliage

When purchasing a plant, find one that has healthy green foliage with no yellow and brown spots. Do not purchase plants that have wilted and splotched leaves. Make sure that the plant is sturdy, is insect-free and does not appear to have any brownish molds growing in the soil. Look for plants that have many leaves and some buds or flowers.

Minimum Care

If you live in an apartment or are a man on the go, look for plants that require minimum care. Most plants have directions and care tips included with them. Some plants do not require many waterings, such as succulents and cacti, which require only monthly waterings. Another houseplant that needs only minimal water (or the roots will rot) is sansevieria, or mother-in-law's tongue. If your home or living area lacks much natural light, search for plants that do not require direct sunlight, such as spider plants and ferns. Other easy-to-care-for houseplants include pothos, or epipremnum, and Christmas cactus.

Temperature

Indoor plants require normal temperatures that range from daytime temperatures of 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and evening temperatures of 60 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not place plants near extreme heated areas such as fireplaces, gas stoves or registers, or near air conditioners or places that have blasts of cool air. Plants exposed to extreme temperature change will experience spindly growth, no growth, damage or loss to the foliage and perhaps death. A helpful tip is to set evening temperatures 10 to 15 degrees lower than the daytime temperature.

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Ariana Cherry-Shearer began writing for the Web in 2006. Cherry-Shearer's work has appeared at websites such as GardenGuides, GolfLink and Trails. She also writes a weekly blog and has published collections of poetry. Cherry-Shearer earned a certificate in computer applications from Lakeland Community College.