Growing plants in the home has become very popular in recent years. Unfortunately, the environment in many homes is not conductive to growing plants. Many homes have inadequate light, temperature fluctuations, and low humidity.
These adverse growing conditions offer a real challenge to the home owner and point out the necessity to selecting those plants that fit the growing conditions at home.
Before selecting specific houseplant varieties consider factors such as work schedule, personal habits, time restrictions and travel demands. For those who have limited time to devote to plant care, drought-tolerant varieties make good choices.
Choose plants that appear healthy and not root-bound.
When it's time to repot, place in nutrient-rich, sterile potting soil in the proper type of container. Give the plant the exact amount of light it needs. Some tolerate very low light , while others need about four hours of bright light a day; but the majority love bright light that is not direct sunlight. Generally, foliage plants tend to require less light than flowering plants do. If there's too much direct light, the leaves turn yellow and brown
Know a plant's temperature and care requirements. Some like cold. Others - such as African Violets, Ficus & Aglaonema like it warm.
Place the plant in an area where the humidity is at 50 to 60 percent. By contrast, most homes can have a very low humidity; in such cases, place a tray of hot water on top of a heat register and let the water evaporate. Alternatively, you can use a humidifier.
Know how much water a plant needs and supply exactly that- neither too much nor too little. Remember, most plants are killed by over watering, not under watering.
Periodically, clean the foliage gently with a solution of water and liquid detergent then rinse the plant under a shower or use a sponge.