Would you like to bring a little more green into your home, but all your plants are dying? Don't have a green thumb but want to change that? We'll show you what to look out for as a plant beginner!
Correct choice of plants
It is advisable to choose an easy-care plant species that forgives not being watered in time. Our recommendations are:
Bow Hemp: Looks nice, doesn't need water often, and grows well even in darker corners.
Monstera Deliciosa: A very hyped plant that is even one of the easy to care for. The roots like it airy and don't want too much water.
Money tree & succulents: The money tree belongs to the succulent family and has fleshy leaves in which it stores water and can thus do without water for a long time. Then you can go on vacation and don't have to worry about caring for the plants.
Efeutute: Also grows very well in slightly darker places. It also forgives you if you forget to water it.
Pilea: Easy to care for and very grateful describe the Pilea best. She gets many small offshoots.
Lucky feather: The lucky feather gets a nice, strong color, especially in darker corners. It requires little water and grows large spring leaves.
One of the biggest mistakes in plant care is overwatering. You mean well, but too much water is just too much. Plants are often still in a planter and the excess water cannot drain off and stays in it. The roots can therefore not breathe and root rot occurs due to lack of oxygen .
Water only when the top layer of soil has dried or the plant indicates it. Before you want to water, just put your finger in the ground and see if the top centimeters have dried. If the soil is still damp, the plant does not need water. On many plants, the leaves begin to droop or curl up on the sides when they need water again. These stand up again immediately after the addition of water.
And when you water, do it right: put your plants in the shower and rinse them off, or put them in a bucket of water for a few minutes so that the soil can completely soak. Then she returns to her place drained. This way the soil will hold water longer and you won't have to water as often. Showering even cleans the leaves and prevents pest infestation.
Plants need sun to generate energy. That's why a bright location is always good. However, not all plants tolerate too bright and direct sunlight, for most it is too much and their leaves burn. Depending on the species, too little light is not so bad. Many low-maintenance species can thrive in shady corners. They may not grow as fast then, but they grow. Light also plays an important role in the color development of the leaves. The leaves of the lucky feather are significantly darker with less sunlight and the ivy 'Marble Queen' only gets a slight white variegation in low light.
pot and soil substrate
Most houseplants come in plastic pots or, if you buy offshoots, even without a pot at all. These are not pretty, so how do you put them in the room? You can put the plastic pot in a nice planter. Another option would be terracotta pots with a hole in the bottom for water drainage. A terracotta coaster is placed underneath so that the water does not run out. No matter what you decide, always make sure that the water can drain well through a hole and then pour it off. The roots have to breathe and the soil is also an important factor. It should always be airy and, except for marsh plants, not hold the water too firmly. You can find out how to mix the right Monstera substrate yourself here . Every spring you need to repot your plants into a larger pot. Otherwise the roots will not have enough space. To do this, you carefully remove your plant from its pot, crumble off the old soil a little without damaging the roots, and plant it in a larger pot with fresh soil.
Fertilize and cut back
Most potting soil is already pre-fertilized, but the nutrients will eventually be depleted. Then it's time to fertilize so that your houseplants can grow great. In the growing season from March to October it is advisable to use an organic fertilizer every two weeks. You can find the right organic liquid fertilizer for your indoor plants in our shop. From autumn onwards, indoor plants only need fertilizing every four weeks, as they also grow less during this time. If you use a plant lamp in the cold season, then you should continue to fertilize at short intervals. If your indoor plants do get too big or too bushy, you can cut them back in the spring. This encourages new growth and the cut shoots can be placed in water to develop new roots.