Plants environment

plant enviroment

Choosing the right environment

When choosing the correct environment for indoor plants, it's important to choose a room in your house that gets adequate sunlight. Sunlight is extremely important to plants as it helps them undergo photosynthesis. The duration, quality, and intensity of sunlight will all aid or hinder a plant's growth. Not all plants are the same, and some require less light than others, which is why it's wise to do your research before choosing a home for your plant. For example, flowering plants require 12 - 16 hours of light per day, whilst foliage requires 14 - 16 hours of light.

The same goes for outdoor plants. If you're planting young shrubs, it's a good idea to choose a sheltered area. Hardy trees and tougher plants, on the other hand, can withstand harsher weather.

Don’t move your plants around too much

Plants, although very good at acclimatizing themselves to their surroundings, are very slow in doing so. Due to this factor, try to keep your plant in the same position. This rule applies to potted plants and plants you place in the garden.

Invest in a small room humidifier

If housing plants indoors, look into investing in a small room humidifier. Dry air is the perfect environment for some plants, including cacti, but the majority of indoor plants require humidity, particularly tropic plants. Opt for a room humidifier that dispenses a cool mist, and place it in close proximity to your plant, but not too close that the leaves or flowers become damp. Signs that your plant is suffering from poor humidity include brown, drooping leaves and few new buds. If you have an abundance of indoor plants, try placing them in groups as this technique helps to encourage humidity.

Use a balanced fertiliser

The majority of indoor and outdoor plants require a balanced fertiliser in order to thrive to their full potential, especially if they're lacking in nutrients. When choosing a fertiliser, it's important to remember that the first number stands for nitrogen, the second for phosphorus, and the third for potassium.

Flowering plants tend to prefer fertilisers that are high in potassium, whilst foliage plants enjoy fertilisers or potting soils that boast high amounts of Nitrogen. In addition to these elements, fertilisers are full of micronutrients which help to promote healthy growth. The likes of succulents or cacti on the other hand require a special potting soil, designed specifically for their needs.