Since a lot of our houses, offices and public spaces are turning green, it’s time to discuss some common plant care misconceptions. We dived into grandmother’s houseplant guide and found the right arguments to disprove the statements below. Can you relate to (each) one of them or are you already a plant whisperer? Find out now!
Misconception #1: It’s better to give your plants too much water than too little
Nope, nope, nope! Don’t overdo it while watering your plants. In fact, most plants rather have too little water than too much. This is an important one to keep in mind if you’re leaving to go on a holiday soon. Don’t give them a bigger splash than usual before you leave, otherwise, they will drown. If you managed to find a plant-sitter, make sure to give them the right instructions to keep your plants happy.
Misconception #2: Cacti don’t need taking care of
Don’t get us wrong, Cacti are indeed very easy to care for plants. However, one question remains: do you want to keep your Cactus alive with minimal efforts or do you want the Cactus to go through its full flowering period? In case of the latter, the Cactus may treat you to (a) beautiful flower(s).
A few Cactus care tips
During spring and summer, spray your Cactus with water on a daily basis (in the morning!). On top of that, give your Cactus a splash of water once a month. Let the soil dry out between waterings. During winter, keep your Cacti in a cool place and water them sparingly every two months. If you’re consistent in taking care of them this way, you will be rewarded with beautiful flowers in spring.
Misconception #3: Succulents prefer a spot in full sun
Although Succulents naturally grow in desert regions, they are not fond of a sun-drenched spot on your windowsill. They do need a lot of light, but too much sunlight will cause damage. Their leaves can eventually start to burn and shrink.
A few Succulent care tips
1. Choose a container with drainage – this will prevent the Succulent from rotting.
2. Succulents don’t like wet feet (this may kill them) – make sure the soil dries between waterings.
3. Rotate frequently – Succulents grow towards the sun, so this will help them to stand up straight.
Misconception #4: Put your plant in a big pot, if you want it to grow big
Please don’t do this. Your plant will feel literally lost in all this space, surrounded by too much soil. If you want your plants to grow big, you have to go through all the growing stages together. This means you have to repot it in a slightly bigger pot every now and then. If that’s not plant-parenthood, we don’t know what is?!
We hope that this article will prevent you from applying the abovementioned plant care misconceptions. In need of more plant care top tips? Turn to the expert in town: your local florist!