Some Tips So Anyone Is Able to Grow Healthy Plants
It doesn't matter what you decide to grow - flowers, herbs, vegetables - the main thing to remember is the health of your plants depends on how well you take care of them.
Plants are very particular when it comes to their environment, and giving them the wrong soil or the incorrect amount of water or light can easily cause them to die. It's not difficult to have healthy plants, but it does require paying attention to what each plant requires and creating the right conditions for them. The following are some general guidelines to keep in mind for healthier plants.
Your first assignment, if you are considering a certain plant, is to determine what kind of lighting it needs. If the area you've chosen for your plants isn't as well lighted as it needs to be for certain plants, then choose plants that have a lower requirement for sunlight. If you want plants that require more light than you have, consider artificial lighting, such as LED lamps, which are particularly effective. If you prefer to simply use whatever amount of sunshine you get each day, then be careful where you choose to put your plants. It's simple, really. Choose plants that will grow in the conditions that you have already.
A big problem can be pests. They can cause your plants to wither and die or, at the least, be unhealthy. They are just as much a threat to houseplants as to outdoor garden areas. Pests can be very stubborn to get rid of so be careful to check any plants you buy or that are given to you as gifts. This includes spider mites, mealy bugs, aphids and many others. There are measures you can take to get rid of these pests, but prevention is always the best approach. When you at a garden center looking at plants, be aware of the condition of each plant and make sure it looks healthy and doesn't have any spotted leaves or leaves that have been eaten on. Don't be hesitant about cutting away any part of a plant that you have if it shows any signs of disease or pest infestation. Make sure to get rid of the infested parts so the insects don't spread to other plants.
A very popular type of indoor garden is an herb garden. Folks really love to grow herbs. Herbs have many uses, both as an addition to the foods you cook, soothing teas, or for medicinal uses. You will see them growing on people's windowsills, usually in the kitchen, where they can snip off what they need as they cook. Even though herbs are not difficult to grow, they still have certain requirements, such as how much water and light you give them and the temperature of their environment, as well as the nutrients in their soil. Find out what kinds of herbs do well where you live and than pick ones that you will use in your cooking or medicinally. To keep your herbs as healthy as possible, they like to have adequate air circulation. So, as mentioned before, a windows sill is a good choice or even a small fan that circulates the air can be nice. This keeps them healthy and also makes them less vulnerable to pests.
These tips are not exhaustive, but they give you enough to start on and keep your plants thriving and healthy. Don't neglect your plants. Remember, they are living entities also and require attention, and that their specific requirements are met in order for them to flourish. When you are checking your plants, don't skip over any plant that looks sickly. Make an effort to find out the cause and correct it. If you can't figure it out, do some research online, or ask someone who has more experience gardening. You may be over- or under-watering, or your soil could be lacking in a required nutrient for that specific plant.