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Houseplant Appreciation Day: Caring for and Moving Houseplants

January 10th, 2013 - 8:34 AM

Houseplants do great things for you. They clean your air and boost your mood. But what have you done for them lately? Today (January 10) is Houseplant Appreciation Day, so take a few minutes to care for your houseplants. Let’s look at 5 ways to care for houseplants, along with some tips for moving houseplants.

How to Care for Houseplants

Houseplants are any type of plant that grows indoors in lower light, low humidity, and cooler temperature conditions. Some common houseplants are spider plants, aloe, bamboo, African violets, and ferns. While you should determine the details for caring for your specific types of houseplants, here are some general tips for caring for houseplants.

  1. Give your plant the correct size container. Over the years as your plants grow, they may outgrow their pots. Repot any plants that have grown too large for their pot.
  2. Groom your plant. Remove any dead leaves and blooms. Use scissors or floral snips to remove any dead areas.
  3. Dust your plants! Plants gather dust like the rest of the items in your home. Dust can clog the plant stomata, which the plants use to breathe, so by dusting your plants you can make them healthier! Dust them with a feather duster, dry brush, or dry cloth. If they are especially dusty, you can rinse them off in the sink, but be careful not to overwater them.
  4. Rotate your plants. Every time you water your plant, give it a quarter turn. This allows the entire plant to be exposed to the light source.
  5. Make sure you are watering enough, but not too much. Overwatering is the number one cause of houseplant death, so be sure to check the soil before water. To check the soil, stick your finger two inches into the soil. If the soil is moist, don’t water. If the soil is dry, water the plant. Plants don’t like cold water, so be sure you use lukewarm water.

How to Move Houseplants

If you are moving soon, you should know that houseplants are not allowed in the moving trailer. So, you need to move them in your personal vehicle. Read here to learn how to move house plants. If you are moving, be sure and get a quote from U-Pack! While U-Pack can’t move your houseplants, they can move your household goods quickly and affordably!

I hope you have learned a little something about caring for your houseplants! Do you have other tips for how to care for houseplants? I would love to hear your tips! Just leave a comment below. Happy Houseplant Appreciation Day!