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How to care for your indoor plants

Winters are here and you need to take care of your indoor plants. Don’t place your plant where they are subject to hot or cold air drafts. For more tips like this read on...

india Updated: Jun 06, 2011 16:17 IST
Hindustan Times

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 plants4 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

First Published: Dec 05, 2010 16:27 IST