5 ways to ensure the survival of your plants

If you like plants and wish to add some to your environment, but are no good at growing or taking care of them, here are a few tips that should make it easier for you.

1. Watering: Most people tend to overwater their plants. Make sure you know how much water your plants need. Ask a professional, do a quick search on the Internet or consult the instructions you were given when you purchased the plant. Too much water can cause the roots to rot, which will eventually kill your plants. On the contrary, if you do not sufficiently water your plants, they will probably suffer. Use your finger to check the soil's moisture level. When a plant's leaves start to wilt, it is a clear sign it's time to water.

2. Drainage holes: Drainage plays a crucial role in the quality of your plant's soil. If there are no holes at the bottom of the container, drill a few. This way, excess water can run off.

3. Light: We all know light is of capital importance to plants. As with water, too much or not enough can be a problem. Therefore, it is important to make sure you know how much light your plants need to optimize growing conditions. Required light levels are almost always indicated when buying a plant.

4. Re-potting: If your plant's roots come out through the drainage holes, it's time to re-pot. Choose a slightly larger pot so your plant can continue to grow. When re-potting, trim the roots a little and clean them from soil using a pencil or stick. Also, replace surface soil with fresh product.

5. Take good care of your plants! For example, spray their leaves with water or clean them from time to time to promote growth. With good drainage, good light, good soil and the right amount of fresh water, your plants will be happy!

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