by johnah on November 24, 2020
Yucca House Plant Care: Tips For Growing Yucca In Containers
1) Watering & Moisture
Watering your houseplants is very important. You need to keep them watered at all times. If they are not watered properly, it will cause their growth to slow down or even stop altogether. When watering your plants, make sure you use fresh water whenever possible!
Watering your plants too much can lead to root rot.
Light is one of the most important factors when caring for your houseplants. They require light at night time so they don’t get lost in darkness during the day. Also, you want to give them enough sunlight so they won’t go into dormancy which means that they stop growing and die off completely if left out of sunlight for long periods of time.
Temperature plays a huge role in how fast your houseplants grow. Too hot and they’ll just burn themselves up; too cold and they won’t survive. Make sure you keep your houseplants happy by keeping them at a comfortable temperature. Keep in mind that some types of plants like succulents thrive better in cooler temperatures while others like cacti thrive best under warmer temperatures.
Your houseplants require good soil in order for them to grow well. If the soil they grow in is infertile, then it won’t have enough nutrients in order to sustain life. Make sure you fertilize your houseplants on a weekly basis so that they grow at a steady pace without experiencing any stunting in growth.
Pollution can be very harmful to your houseplants. If you live in an area with a lot of car exhaust or other types of fumes, it could very well end up killing your houseplants. The best thing you can do is keep your windows closed whenever there is a lot of pollution outside. If that’s not possible then you need to make sure you clean the air using a cool-air machine.
Just about every houseplant will have to deal with bugs at some point in their lives. These little insects will literally suck the life out of your houseplants. If you want your plants to survive then you need to get rid of these bugs before they completely destroy everything in their path. The best way to get rid of bugs is to use neem oil.
Your houseplants will eventually outgrow their pots if you keep them in them for too long. At this point, you will have to repot the plant into a container that allows more space for the roots to breathe. You can either do this yourself or pay a professional to do it for you.
8) Changing Sunlight Exposure
One of the most common mistakes made by new plant owners is they don’t understand how sunlight affects different types of plants. Some plants require constant sunlight in order to grow while others cannot handle any sunlight at all. If you change the amount of sunlight your plants receive each day, it will affect how fast they grow on a daily basis.
Re-potting your plants is one of the most common things that people do wrong when taking care of their houseplants. There’s a right way and a wrong way to re-pot a plant and most people don’t understand what that right way is. The wrong way is when you uproot a plant from its container and place it into another one. This will kill the plant because you are taking away its already established roots that provide it with the nutrients it needs to survive.
The right way is to place the plant in a larger pot while keeping the roots that are already established.
10) Too Much Fertilizer
Using too much fertilizer on your houseplants is just as bad as not using enough. If you feed your plants too much then this could burn the roots of your plants because there won’t be enough nutrients in the soil for the plants to survive. You should apply a low concentration fertilizer weekly at maximum intervals.
Gardening can be a very fun and enjoyable hobby to have. But if you don’t have the right information, then you could very well be killing your plants rather than helping them grow.
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