How to Increase the Growth of Houseplants


Houseplants come in all shapes and sizes. Some boast fantastic green foliage, while others have big blooms to brighten up any room. When you grow houseplants, keep in mind that they need the same type of care as outdoor plants do, including feeding and pruning. This will allow you to improve their shape and keep them healthy. Some periodic maintenance will increase their growth and make them showpieces.

Step 1

Promote better growth by preparing the soil bed before planting with a good mix of compost and manures. Choose a potting soil rich in nutrients. Mix general-purpose fertilizer into the soil, too.

Step 2

Follow the lighting requirements for the type of houseplants you are growing. Sunlight and watering are the two most important considerations as they grow. For example, if the plant calls for full sun, place it in a sunny window.

Step 3

Fertilize plants with the correct kind of fertilizer. Liquid fertilizer is ideal if you are going to mix it into the watering can and apply it every time you water the plant. Granular, time-release fertilizers should be sprinkled around the plant's roots every 2 to 3 weeks.

Step 4

Look at the ratio on the packaging. The major chemicals are nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium. Choose fertilizer with more nitrogen, such as 10-5-5, for new houseplants because it promotes a lush, greenhouse plant. Higher amounts of phosphorus cause big, bright flower blooms. Extra potassium is needed for fruit plants.

Step 5

Cut off wilted branches and leaves with pruning shears. This will open the plant to airflow and light, increasing the growth of the plant.

Things You'll Need

  • Houseplants
  • Compost
  • Manures
  • Potting soil
  • Sunlight
  • Water
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears


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