How to Grow House Plants

Houseplants are a staple to every home, but they take quite a lot of love and care to thrive. Unfortunately, not every person is born with a green thumb. If you're looking for a way to keep your beautiful houseplants alive and well with minimum care, look no further than these step-to-step instructions - your houseplants will thank you.


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    Buy a durable plant that doesn't die easily. If you need a desert cactus for a starter plant, that's fine. Just make sure you have an easy plant that you know you can take care of. Some easy to take care of houseplants are:
    • Bamboo. These beautiful plants add color and pop to your house and don't need much care. For deeper details, check out Care for an Indoor Bamboo Plant.
    • Philodendron. These don't require much sun. For a detailed guide, read Grow Philodendron.
    • Spider plant. This is great for those who just don't have the green thumb. The plant is hardy and very hard to kill. Read Care for a Spider Plant.
    • Succulents. These plants don't require much water, but overwatering it may kill it, so watch out!
    • Pachira, or better known as money tree. These plants are bright and decorative, but you only need to water it once in a while.
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    Make sure your plant gets enough sunlight. However, never place it next to a glass window. The window will act as a prism and fry your plant. Instead, place it near a window with a light curtain. It should be translucent, so your plant gets aqueduct sunlight but won't be destroyed.
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    Water your plant as instructed for that specific plant. If you get the amount of water for a different plant, you could over or underwater it. If you know that everything needs water to survive, that's great.
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    Prune your plant weekly. If you don't, then the plant might become unhealthy or unattractive, and sometimes even both. You could use pliers or your hands.
    • When you prune your plant, you put the dead leaves in the soil. This makes for a great fertilizer, too, and saves money so you won't have to buy the fertilizer.
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    Make sure that you change the soil annually. After a while, the soil may lose all of its nutrients.


  • If you have to tug on a leaf or a flower when you prune your plant, then you don't want to pull it off because that might hurt the plant.


  • Houseplants are harder to care for than it may seem. Be very careful because the plants are usually very delicate.

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