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No green thumb? 10 reasons your houseplants are dying

HOW TO No more hanging heads! Here comes competent help for your greenery: The 10 most common mistakes and the best tips with which indoor plants are guaranteed to no longer be accepted.

It's spring! And you come home with beautiful new plants. The huge elephant-ear leaves of the alocasia are bursting with green, the Japanese skimme will soon bear fruit and the tiger orchid will sprout its beautiful flowers. You are feeling fine.

But after a few weeks you come home and you are greeted by drooping plant heads and withered leaves. You always meant it well. It is not easy to wrest a garden from nature, even if there are only a few potted plants. What remains are silent witnesses and many questions: Why do your green friends die all the time?


The 10 most common reasons indoor plants die and what to do about them.

Don't worry: it's not your black thumb, it's just a little lack of knowledge.

1 Land under: Overwatering kills houseplants!

Overwatering is actually one of the most common mistakes in caring for houseplants. Hard-working hobby gardeners actually only mean it well, but they do a lot of damage with their immersion bath. Because if the amount of water in the earth is too large, the oxygen is displaced and the plant suffocates. An indication of too much water are leaves whose tips turn yellow. The amount of water the plant needs is different for each variety. As a rule of thumb, however, you can remember that watering is only necessary when not only the top layer of soil is dry, but you can no longer feel any moisture a centimeter below the surface.

2 good process! Drainage is the be-all and end-all.

Since waterlogging is one of the most common reasons for domestic plant death, it is all the more important to provide your plants with good drainage. Holes in the bottom of the pot are usually not enough for this. A layer of gravel or sand should always be used as the last layer above the ground, so that dammed water has enough space to drain off.

3 Caution, risk of dehydration!

Of course, the opposite of overwatering can also kill your beloved houseplants. If there is too little water or too irregular watering, our botanical colleagues die a drought. What helps is obvious: more water. However, since the optimal amount of water is from Houseplant is different to houseplant, you should definitely inform yourself about the individual thirst when buying. Tip: You can recognize dried-up plants by their dry, brownish leaves.

4 Nourishing mist: spray the leaves of the houseplant

What many hobby gardeners do not know is the fact that indoor plants need water not only on their roots, but also on their leaves. Regularly spraying the plant with a shallow water mist increases the chances of survival and thriving immensely.


5 Gone with the wind: houseplant out of the draft!

Indoor plants are dumb but sensitive creatures. They are often very sensitive to drafts and express this discomfort with insufficient bud formation or extensive drying out. They do not feel comfortable next to a window that is constantly open or above a heater.

6 Nice and clean: the dust also has to get off the houseplant

Indoor plants are clean plants. They love it neat and want their leaves to be dusted regularly. The reason for this is vital: it takes over the leaves Houseplant valuable daylight on what is necessary for your vital processes. If the leaves do not get enough light because of a layer of dust, the plants perish. So there has to be order!

7 vitamins, please! Proper fertilization of indoor plants

In the pot, the nutrients in the small amount of soil are often insufficient for the Houseplant to supply them with all the vital substances they need. Regular fertilization is therefore the duty of every indoor gardener. But be careful: Many mean it too well by their vitamin allocation. Too much fertilization is just as harmful as too few vital substances. You should therefore always strictly follow the instructions on the package.

8 location advantages: where indoor plants want to live

Plants prefer to choose their own place in the apartment. And what most plant lovers don't know: their favorite spot is by no means on the windowsill. The heat development and UV exposure are too strong here. In addition, radiators are often attached under the window sills, the drafty warmth of which the sensitive plants do not like at all. Places that are not exposed to direct sun and protected from drafts are better suited.

9 Please stay: moving is undesirable

Plants are not particularly flexible contemporaries. Once they have settled in in one place, they are reluctant to leave this location. A move is an often underestimated reason for insufficient flowering or even for dying.

10 top pots: the right place to stay for indoor plants

You don't choose the perfect top for your green friend solely on the basis of visual criteria. Plants have very special requirements for their perfect home. Plants with shallow roots (e.g. ferns), for example, love wide pots. Palms, on the other hand, depend on good moisture exchange and heat regulation, so clay pots in particular are among their favorites. It is best to find out which pot is the right one for your green partner before buying the houseplant.

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