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How to care for your indoor plants

india Updated: Jun 06, 2011 16:17 IST

1 Temperature tab:

Most houseplants do well in daytime temperatures between 65-75 degrees F. It should be 10 to 15 degrees lower at night. Don’t place your plant where they are subject to hot or cold air drafts.

2 Moisture please:

Most foliage plants require humidity of at least 15 -20 per cent. Heating the home during the winter reduces the humidity to desert levels. Use a room humidifier or spray the plants with water to retain the humidity.

3 Drain it:

Use pots and containers with drainage holes. Pots can be sterilised by soaking them in a 10:1 solution of chlorine bleach and water.

indoor plants 4 Fertilise well:

Fertilise growing plants every two months, but don't fertilise dormant plants. Plants need less fertiliser under low-light conditions. Burned or dried leaf edges and wilted plants are a sign of excess fertiliser application.

5 Sunny side up:

Plants at the western window are exposed to a much higher temperature. Putting plants outside in the summer often revitalises them. Rotate the plant daily for uniform sunlight.

HTC with inputs from Kamal Meattle, Paharpur Business Centre