The 5 Basics on How to Care for House Plants

When clients visit our OPEN salons, one thing that seems to regularly come up in conversation is our interiors. And if you’ve been a regular visitor, you have probably noticed that we have decorated these spaces with quite a few plants! From tiny succulents to exotic plants, they have become increasingly trendy over recent years. Now, they are regarded an affordable, must-have windowsill accessory.

But before you jump onto the indoor plant band wagon, we devised a little house plant care guide that you can use at home. House plant care is simple once you know what you’re doing!

A Swiss cheese plant in Berkhamsted

Water your plants…but not too often!

Many of us think we’re helping the plant to survive by watering it as frequently as possible. In fact, one of the most common reasons why indoor plants are die is due to overwatering! Placing your finger in the soil will help you to determine whether the plant is in need of some water. You should aim to keep the soil moist or until you can see that it has almost dried out completely.

Succulents in Hemel Hempstead

Safeguard your Succulents

Succulents require certain conditions in order to grow and flourish. Place these plants in containers with good drainage and in a spot where there is plenty of sunlight. On the other hand, do not place your succulents in direct sunlight as they can actually be prone to sunburn or even become scorched. Most indoor plants prefer partly shaded areas and shouldn’t be moved to often as it may stunt their growth.

A gorgous indoor plant in Hemel

Add some humidity

At OPEN Hairdressing, we may have an advantage when it comes to humidity as we have lots of clients and hairdryers always on the go! However, some plants need a warm climate and a spraying a bottle of water or placing plants close together can give your plants the extra moisture they need.

Pink and green should always be seen!

Trim leaves and shoots

Like our clients, every plant needs a bit of TLC now and then. Each variety of plant needs varying levels of care so you’ll need to do your research. Above all, it’s important to take away dead leaves and shoots. This will help your plants to conserve energy and feed themselves accordingly. In addition, it’s also a worthwhile task as plants in poor health can attract insects and even become diseased. So it’s worth doing!

A plant at OPEN Hairdressing Hemel Hempstead

Plan ahead if you’re going on holiday

Most plants can survive for up to two weeks without watering or feeding. However, before you ditch your everyday life for a poolside escape, make sure that your plants are watered thoroughly prior to your leaving date.