Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.
Does every plant in your house die or look terrible? I’m going to show you what you can do so your plants can grow, flourish, and look great!
Hot summers and frigid winters are brutal on indoor plants. We would think our indoor plants, being sheltered by Mother Nature’s extremes, would live a healthy existence. So, it’s a bit disheartening when you see your favorite plant has fallen sick. There are several common reasons for indoor plant problems. Some are caused by improper care. Others, such as pests, are not your doing. Let’s take a look at the most common causes that stress our indoor plants and what you can do to allow them to live and flourish.
We’ll begin with watering.
Improper watering is one of the biggest causes of an unhealthy plant. Now, this covers both too much or too little water. Those new to growing plants have a tendency to over-nurture them, especially by over-watering them. If the plant’s foliage is wilting, check the soil. If it’s dry, water it. If it’s wet, you’re either over-watering or the soil doesn’t drain efficiently.
Other signs of too much watering include:
- Leaves that seem soft
- Inner and lower leaves turning yellow
- Foliage appears scorched (an advanced symptom)
- Leaf drop (another advanced symptom)
Plants that actually have too little water have similar symptoms but also include:
- New growth may be smaller than normal
- Wilted foliage
- Folded or misshapen foliage
- Dull, gray-green foliage
- And Leaves that appear brittle
There’s a fine line between a plant receiving too much or too little water and how much you water them. So, it depends on the home environment.
To determine when to water, stick your finger about an inch deep into the soil. If it is absolutely bone-dry, it may be time to water the plant. Take it to the sink and slowly pour water over the soil and keep pouring until the pot feels heavy and the water drains from the bottom. Always allow your houseplant to drain completely before putting it back on its tray. To make sure your plant has drained efficiently, tilt it at an angle. The chances are good that more water will drip out. This is known as perched water. You need to let it drain to keep the roots healthy.
How about light for your plants?
It’s important to understand that different plants require different levels of light. Most houseplants’ origins are from tropical regions. They typically thrive in a rainforest understory, receiving filtered sunlight to the leaves of the tall trees. Some house plants, however, thrive in more light than others. The easiest way to determine how much light your plant needs is to place it in an area in your home and keep an eye it for a couple of weeks. If it seems to be thriving, then leave it alone. If not, move it to another area in your home that either has more or less light, but not direct sunlight. Keep moving it, and over time, you’ll find the ideal spot for it.
Symptoms of plants with insufficient light include:
- Leaves that curl upward
- New growth that remains small
- The plant is reaching toward the source of light
- And falling leaves
Symptoms of too much light:
- Scorched leaves
- Leaves that appear to have been breached
I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren
Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!
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