🌿 Whilst carrying out a weekly check of my houseplants yesterday, it occurred to me that it would be interesting to document (some of) this process, to share here on HPH.
I like to think of it as a ‘plant inspection’.
Those who have a bit of a plant collection will know that it can be pretty time consuming to tend to the needs of a number of houseplants. There really aren’t many plants that don’t need some form of attention from one week to the next! Over the years, I have found a routine that works pretty well for me, so I thought I’d share some of my tips at the end of this post.
For now, here are six plants that I focused on yesterday:
HPH PLANT CARE TIPS:
🌿 1. Find a routine that works around your lifestyle… so that you don’t feel that your plants are ruling your life!
For me, I like to do a full plant check first thing every monday morning, working from room to room. It sounds obvious, but when you have a bit of a collection, it’s quite easy to feel overwhelmed by the differing needs of your plants, and also, where they all are! Also, I will admit, that before I started focusing on one room at a time, I’d often forget about some of my plants… specifically, my dracaena marginata on top of my fridge. Luckily, it’s pretty easy going.
🌿 2. Have a designated area (or areas) to carry out your plant inspection where there is good light and space to water
I have two of these – for the plants in my kitchen and living space, I take the plants to my kitchen table, and for the plants in my hall, bedroom and office, I work off the top of a trunk in my office, or on my office desk (if there’s room). This has really helped me be methodical with checking my plants as I like to cluster them together, and sometimes things were getting missed out. The things I check in this assessment are:
- appearance and texture
- watering needs
- misting/ humidity needs
- signs of distress
- dust removal / leaf cleaning needed
- needing to be repotted
- needing to be moved to a different spot
🌿 3. Group plants with similar needs together
This makes things a lot easier, especially when it comes to knowing when it’s time to water, for example. I have my cacti grouped in my bedroom this time of year, and I know that they are all ok for a few weeks between waterings. Plants like my calathea hate being on their own, so creating little groups increases humidity and also looks nice too! If you have space, creating a pebble tray in these little groupings also helps to raise the humidity levels.
🌿 4. Find the space (and time) to water correctly and don’t be scared of misting
This is one of the most important points and the one that will make the most difference to having happy houseplants. Plants need watering correctly if you really want to make sure they thrive in your home environment, and when you have quite a few, this task can seem daunting. I don’t follow a ‘watering schedule’ because I only water when my plants NEED it, and not when I WANT TO do it. Adopting this practice will stop you under watering and allow you to develop a more in depth understanding of your plants.
I like to water when the plants are in their ‘inspection area’ by taking the plastic pot outside of the planter and placing on a large plate, watering with tepid water, and allowing the water to flood through the bottom of the pot. I then mist if needed and leave the pot to stand for 20 minutes and then put back in it’s planter and take back to it’s usual spot. As I live in an apartment with little outside space (and can’t collect rainwater), the night before I fill a few jugs with tap water and leave them stand overnight on my kitchen table ready for the morning. I water in the morning so that the plants have time to dry off during the day and aren’t sitting in cold, damp soil overnight.
My larger foliage plants like my monstera and aspidistra enjoy a shower every few weeks too, to keep their leaves nice and clean and free from dust. In winter months I rinse around once every six weeks or so, but in summer, more frequently. I recommend letting your plants sit in the shower for a while afterwards to enjoy the increased humidity, before give them a gentle shake so that the water doesn’t sit in the leaf crevices etc. If this is a potential problem, a kitchen towel or an old t-shirt can be used to wipe away any excess.
If you follow my Instagram, you’ll know that I love interiors and design, and am constantly looking for well designed, mid century style plant pots… and then continuing the tiresome mission to find the right sized plastic pots to fit inside the aforementioned planters.
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🌿 Hope you enjoyed this post,
Thanks for reading!