Having live plants is a smart way to spruce up your apartment. You may not be able to have pets or make major decor changes per your lease agreement, but plants are welcome everywhere.
They literally add life to a space and look beautiful doing so. And though quieter than a pet, plants still need the proper amount of care and attention. The precise amount will depend on the time of year and the species, however. And if you have many plants, it can all be a bit confusing.
But no worries — that’s why we’re here! We’ll discuss the top tips to keep your apartment plants healthy all year long. That’s right, no more brown, crinkled leaves or arid soil for you!
Know Thy Species
There are dozens and dozens of common household plants. When you buy a new plant, it likely came with a tag that tells you the plant type and its basic care instructions.
But if that tag is missing, never fear! You can search for your houseplant online to find its precise best-care practices. Try this database provided by House Plants Expert.
The first step to keeping apartment plants healthy all year long is to know its specific care guidelines. With that knowledge in mind, the next steps will make more sense, and you can adjust them per your particular plant type.
Water Based on the Season
Watering is one of the most confounding aspects of plant care! It’s always a mystery how much water your plant needs, and you may encounter conflicting information online. And sometimes, you just plumb forget to water your verdant buddy for a few days.
Here’s something to keep in mind:
Most indoor plant varieties need watering based on the season.
So their watering needs will change from spring and summer to autumn and winter.
And for most, they need more frequent watering in spring and summer and less in autumn and winter months.
Still unclear when to water your plant and how much? A bit forgetful to remember in the first place? Download a free app, like Vera Plant Care by Bloomscape. You’ll learn more about your plants and can set up reminders to water your beloved houseplant.
Use a Humidifier in Winter
No matter where you live, you likely experience a winter season marked with dipping temperatures and frigid winds. This means you will need to have your apartment’s heating system running most days.
Just as you do with your skin and hair, your plant suffers the drying winter air. And your apartment’s heating system will only make it worse.
Increase the humidity in your apartment the old fashioned way — with a room humidifier. Now, you and your plants can reap the moisture benefits together.
You can also increase humidity to your plants alone by:
- Clustering them, so they share the moisture their leaves transpire
- Adding a layer of stones to the bottom of their pot to hydrate roots
- Placing plants in the kitchen and bathroom to benefit from boiling pots of water and steamy showers, respectively
Misting is another popular activity for house plant enthusiasts. Just remember that in order for the misting to benefit your plant in winter, you must mist them several times a day.
Gently Clean Plant Leaves
Give your plants a little spa treatment by gently wiping their leaves with a damp, clean sponge.
This not only removes dust but the mites that try to turn your plant into their own personal salad bar.
If you want to make your plant’s leaves shine, gloss them up with a tiny amount of coconut oil after washing. Don’t go overboard, though. Too much coconut oil buildup is not healthy and will make your plant look plastic.
Add a Damp Sponge to Your Dry Guys’ Soil
Got an incredibly thirsty plant?
Some houseplants are just like that!
If it seems you can’t keep up with a thirsty plant’s water needs, add a damp sponge to the bottom of the planter.
Every time you water it, the sponge will retain the moisture, which will go directly to your plant’s roots.
Placement is Everything
Where you place your plants in your apartment should not depend on looks. Once you have studied up on your type’s needs, be sure to put it according to its specific light needs.
For instance, a Jade plant needs several hours of direct sunlight a day, so make room for it at your window that gets the most sunlight.
On the other hand, ferns and ivy do well in little direct sunlight, so you can place these in other areas of your apartment.
It’s always best to keep your plants away from your air conditioner and heat vents. That air can wreak havoc on your plant’s delicate leaves and stems and mess with its soil.
Give it Some TLC — Always
No matter the time of year, plant neglect is poison to your green leafy bud.
The above six steps will help keep your plants healthy all year round, but you can take it a step further if you want to bond to your plant.
For instance, did you know plants respond to your voice?
Studies show that singing to your plants can make them grow stronger!
There are even bedtime storybooks for plants so you can lull your plants (and probably yourself) into a state of relaxation every night.
Okay, maybe your plant doesn’t need to relax per se. But it could deepen your connection to your leafy roommate and make our other tips come more naturally over time.
Keeping your plant healthy and robust is not impossible. It just takes the right amount of light, water, and general care.
Start by simply following our seven tips above. More than anything, if you consider the plant variety and its particular needs, as well as the season, you’ll be off to a great start!
Elaine Chavez is the Business Manager at 625 Broadway. With over eight years of experience in the industry, she begins and ends each day loving what she does. She is passionate about helping people find the perfect place to call home and shines at building a community that everyone is proud to be a part of.