How to Keep Your Houseplants Healthy

by | Oct 2020

Healthy houseplants

A Good Golden Rule: If you have a yellow leaf, there’s typically a watering issue. If you have brown leaves, that’s tends to tell you there’s a light or heat issue. Photo: Tate Carlson

Caring for houseplants is easier than you think.

Surround yourself with nature, even when you’re indoors. Houseplants can have benefits beyond their beauty. Plants increase oxygen in the air, work as natural air purifiers and can also raise indoor humidity levels to help decrease incidences of dry skin and virus transmission. Plants can also be mood boosting! But many people fret over how best to care for houseplants, so we curated some easy-to-follow plant-care advice.


Many people over water. Experts recommend letting plants dry out between watering. The best way to check that information is to stick your finger into the soil, and see what’s happening beneath the surface. Is the soil cool and moist, or does the soil feel dry? Generally, when you feel the soil is dry, you want to give your plants a good soaking.


Keep plants in a bright area but out of direct sunlight. Most of the houseplants you see around here don’t need a hot sun. They don’t tolerate south-facing windows as well as they do when they’re backed out of it.


Plants are like people. If you move into a house with too much room, you might become stressed rather than if you move into a place with the right amount of space. Most plants like to be comfortable in their pot. Let them get tight before moving.

Tip: Don’t be overly alarmed if the top of the plant goes into shock after it’s been repotted. It’s most likely redirecting resources to rebuilding a strong root system before turning its attention back to the top leaves.


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