Plants are commonly found in homes across North America and Europe. With an endless variety of types available on the market, there is a type for everyone. Plants can provide a living touch to a home without a great deal of expense. As water, fertilizer and sunlight are the only requirements for a plant’s survival, it comes as no surprise that many people have attempted to grow plants.
However, many individuals have convinced themselves they have black thumbs because they somehow manage to kill the plant they have attempted to care for. This common problem stems from a lack of understanding of what a plant needs in order to survive. With a few minor changes to how you tend to your plants should change that black thumb into a green one.
The first step in caring for plants is to know how much you need to water your plant. Over watering and under watering is the leading cause of death in household plants. This is something that is extremely easy to rectify.
All you need are some watering bulbs that enable your plant to use the water it needs, when it needs it. Some plants prefer to always remain damp. In this case, you should water your plant frequently, but in small amounts. Some plants like to be drenched in water and then have their soil dry out. There are some varieties of plants that only like to be watered once a month! By taking the guesswork out of it with watering bulbs, you should be able to extend the plant’s lifespan.
The second most common cause of death in plants is too much or too little sunlight. Sunlight is required by plants in order to photosynthesize. Photosynthesis, combined with the nutrients of water and soil, is how a plant survives. If you provide a plant with too much sun, the leaves will be burnt. Burnt leaves are unable to photosynthesize properly, which results in their death. Too little sun, and the plant effectively is starved to death.
Once you have addressed water and sunlight, the next aspect that you should look at is your plant’s soil. Without proper soil, your plant cannot survive. By fertilizing the soil, you can make sure the roots of your plant has access to everything required to keep your plant alive and well.
If you are still having problems keeping your plants alive, you should look for other reasons that your plant is dying. Check the type of water that you are using to feed your plants. While bottled water, for example, is good for people, it is not necessarily good for plants. Bottled water tends to lack the mineral content of tap or rain water. Another common cause of plant death is the presence of pets or children. Pets and children can damage the leaves, which can result in plant death.
Even if you have always believed you have a black thumb, it is not impossible to learn how to keep plants alive!