How to Successfully Grow and Care for Indoor Plants?

Vinu Jehoshapat
Last Updated: 15 Feb, 2020

The majority of indoor plants that you see are either native to tropical or the subtropical regions. It is no brainer to say then that the key to successfully growing indoor plants is in understanding the meeting the particular needs of a plant.

Planning for an indoor plant begins with finding the right spot for your plant. The spot should be such that not only elevates the aesthetic of the room but also meets the specific need of a plant in terms of light, humidity and temperature. Apart from this also need to be familiar with the basis of fertilizer, watering and timely reporting of plants. The plants will do good if you just take care of these basic needs. 

Besides taking care of the basic needs, you will also need to understand that spiders and mites are extra aggressive towards indoor plants. Here are some suggestions you can follow to keep your plants free from diseases and pests. 

  • Before you bring any plant indoors, carefully look for any sign or symptom of pest infestation or disease. If you see any such symptoms, isolate the plant to prevent spreading of pests or diseases to other plants. Once the plant is fully cured, only then bring the plant indoors. 
  • Place the plants at spots where they can find enough light, humidity and right temperature. Don’t place them near heat or air conditioning ducts. You should also not place them near TV or between curtains as they are not good for plants growth. 
  • Make sure the plants are getting enough light as per their requirements. Choose the plant that can thrive on the amount of light and temperature your home can provide. 
  • Healthy plants can easily fight off diseases and keep the pests away. But weak plants will scumble to minor attacks. Place the plants that need good sun exposure near south facing windows. 
  • Plants that need moderate amounts of light should be placed East or West facing windows. But the plants that can survive with little sunlight, you can place them near north facing windows. 
  • If you are using an air conditioning system, you will have to provide extra humidity to the plants. Air conditioners are notorious at sucking out the room’s humidity. You can provide plants moisture by spraying water on them periodically, during the day. 
  • You can also spray neem oil or boiled neem water on plants to keep them disease free or protect them for pest infestation. Neem oil or boiled neem water is an  effective natural pest control. Neem oil or boiling neem water is effective in a wide array of pests like aphids, mites, whiteflies, flea beetles, and earwigs.

  • You should wash the leaves of plants several times a year. Avoid dusting the plant leaves. It will clog their pores making it difficult for plants to perspire. Dust and dirt also attract pests, mites, and insects.
  • Wash or wipe large-leaved indoor plants with wet and soft cloth using light soap. You don’t need to wash and wipe plants with small leaves. Instead drench them with water using a hand sprayer. 

Vinu Jehoshapat