Handy Tips To Help You Keep Your Plants Healthy All Year Round!

Welcome to our plant care hub! In this blog, we've gathered a bunch of cool resources - including images and web addresses to help you take care of your plants. We want to make sure you're getting reliable information, so we've only included our tried-and-true favorite sources.

Remember, every plant is different and has its own specific care needs. A great place to start is by reading the tags that come with your plants or doing some online research to learn about your plant's needs. This will help you create the best environment for your new green friends. We love the resources in the links below for quick and easy plant care info. Happy gardening!

Everyone can benefit from watching Craig Miller-Randle's ultimate guide to indoor plants. All episodes are available on the Gardening Australia YouTube Page and we have linked them under each category for your viewing.


Spider Plant

General Care for indoor plants

Dusty Foliage One of the pesky things about keeping plants indoors is the accumulation of dust on their leaves. But don't worry, there are a few easy ways to give your plants a good cleaning. You can take them outside and let them get rained on, or bring them into the shower for a gentle wash. Alternatively, you can use a damp cloth to wipe the dust off the leaves. This will help your plants breathe and stay healthy.


Humidity When it comes to indoor plants, some species thrive in humid environments, while others prefer drier conditions. For example, tropical plants such as ferns, philodendrons, and peace lilies typically require high humidity to stay healthy. On the other hand, succulents and cacti, which are native to arid regions, prefer lower humidity and are more sensitive to over-watering. It's important to research the specific care needs of your plants and provide them with the appropriate humidity levels to ensure their optimal growth and health. Gardening Australia & Craig Miller-Randall's YouTube Humidity & Watering Video Click here or copy & paste into your browser: https://youtu.be/5Y6aJUG-mIg

Watering More plants die from over-watering than under-watering. Check to see if your plant needs to be watered. The best way to do this is to push your finger into the soil to the second knuckle, and if the soil feels dry, water the plant, and if it feels moist, don't. If the tips of leaves are browning, chances are it is overwatered. Make sure you never let your plant sit in a saucer of water as it can cause root rot and various fungus issues. Gardening Australia & Craig Miller-Randall's YouTube Watering & Humidity Video Click here or copy & paste into your browser: https://youtu.be/5Y6aJUG-mIg

Repotting Is your indoor plant looking a little cramped in its current pot? If the leaves aren't looking as healthy as they should, or you can see roots coming out of the bottom of the pot, it might be time to give your plant a new home. Choose a pot that's slightly larger than the current one, and gently loosen the roots before carefully transferring the plant. Then, add some fresh potting mix and water it in well with a liquid seaweed solution. This should give your plant the extra room it needs to continue growing strong. Gardening Australia & Craig Miller-Randall's YouTube Containers & Potting Mix Video Click here or copy & paste into your browser: https://youtu.be/a3GtC_lWDKU

Position Positioning your indoor plants in the right lighting conditions is crucial for their health and growth. Some plants, like fiddle leaf figs and snake plants, prefer bright, indirect light and can tolerate a bit of direct sunlight. Other plants, like African violets and orchids, prefer lower light levels and should be kept out of direct sun to prevent scorching. It's important to research the specific lighting needs of your plants and place them in a location that meets those requirements. This will help ensure that your plants thrive and continue to add beauty to your home. Gardening Australia & Craig Miller-Randall's YouTube Location & Light Video Click here or copy & paste into your browser: https://youtu.be/a3GtC_lWDKU 


Pests Scale, mealybugs, spider mites, fungus gnats, and aphids are all common pests that can affect indoor plants, especially if the plants are stressed. Scale can be identified by tiny, brown, inanimate lumps on the plant. If you only have a few scale insects, you can try scratching them off. However, if the plant is heavily infected, you may need to use horticultural oil, such as Neem oil or Yates Rose Gun, to get rid of mealybugs, fungus, and scale. For spider mites, you can use a product called Kill-a-Mite, but be sure to follow the instructions carefully as it is a powerful treatment. There are both eco-friendly and chemical options available for eliminating pests, so you can choose the one that works best for your situation. Pests YouTube Video Click Here or copy and paste into your browser:  https://youtu.be/O5vndSbWpXE 


ABC Everyday Guides for Indoor Plants:

There are so many websites, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and other sites. Our advice is to read and watch as much as you need. Get to know your plants, and you can always send us an email if you need a hand at: emma.kelt@chaletboutique.com.au

May 08, 2021 — Julianne Blackaby

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