Millions of people find pleasure growing plants. Some prefer a few houseplants and others love to putter around a huge garden. Plants have many purposes, from brightening up a room or yard to providing your family with vegetables to eat. Naturally, if you’re going to bother growing plants, you need to learn what they need to be as healthy as possible. There are also some general tips that are useful for growing any type of plant, and we’ll be discussing some of these in this article.
No matter what kind of plants you want to grow, the quality of your soil is an important factor. Not every plant requires the same nutrients from the soil – they each have specific needs. Plants tend to fall into two groups: those that like a soil that is alkaline in nature and those that prefer an acidic environment. You can test your soil to find out what the pH balance is and plant accordingly, or you can adjust the composition of the soil in the area where you want to plant something that has different requirements than your native soil. If your garden consists solely of plants that are in containers or planters and pots, it’s easy to buy the correct soil for each plant and use it accordingly. The soil you have in your yard may be just fine for a garden; however, it’s necessary to have it tested so you will know for sure and can be confident of growing healthy plants. The best method, even if you eventually want your garden outside, is to start the plants in small peat pots indoors until the seedlings are growing and healthy. This gives you more leeway when it comes to when you plant, and you can then replant your plants outdoors at the perfect time. When your seedlings are grown indoors, in peat pots, they grow up healthier because the atmosphere is more controlled and they are not exposed to insects and pest that like seedlings. You can then plant them outside when they’ve become hardier. You can use this method to get a head start on many different types of plants – flowers, herbs, and vegetables. Nevertheless, you still have to keep in mind the light and water requirements of each plant, even if you are starting the seedlings indoors.
A lot of new gardeners fail when it comes to watering their plants correctly. This mistake is one of the main culprits that causes plants to die. When you are watering a variety of plants at the same time, don’t just dump the same amount of water in each plant. Take notice of what they require at the time you are watering. The biggest enemy of house plants is being over-watered. This will kill them just as surely as letting them dry out. When you over-water a plant, it causes the roots to rot. The leaves of plants that have been over-watered start to turn yellow because they aren’t getting sufficient oxygen due to being too wet. Not only is it enjoyable to see the end results of what your plants produce, it’s also exciting, and educational, to watch them as they go through the different stages of growth. Growing healthy plants doesn’t have to be hard, but you do have to provide them with the type of care they need. The suggestions in this article are general and can be applied successfully to most plants you may wish to grow. However, if you need more information, ask an experienced gardener, or someone at your local nursery or garden center, or simply do a search on the internet.