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Do you consider yourself a plant lover, but also find that you’re a serial plant killer? Quite the contradiction, but we can help you fix that – without having to resort to faux foliage (ugh!).

Most plants are quite happy indoors, provided you can give them the right conditions (although, there are a few that will tolerate dimly let rooms and barely any water – here’s looking at you pothos and sansevieria). Visit your local nursery for a range of indoor plants 

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Light

As a general rule of thumb, position plants in a well-lit spot, out of direct sunlight, like behind a window with a sheer curtain. Constant direct light, especially from the hot afternoon sun will cause your plants to wilt and suffer. In saying that, each plant will have different light requirement, with a few being able to tolerate low-light rooms, so check the plant label for specifications.  

Air

Indoor environments can be quite drying for plants, even more so when you have the heater on during winter. For plants that originate in humid climate, like ferns, it’s ideal to spritz their leaves regularly with water or consider placing them in the bathroom to help maintain constant humidity.  

Potting mix

Depending on the size of the plant you purchase, you may not need to repot straight away. After a couple of months or when the plant begins to outgrow its container, then you’ll need to repot. Ensure you use a good quality potting mix, like Yates Potting Mix with Dynamic Lifter, which is suitable for growing most plants. However, if you have succulents, look for one specially formulated for cacti and succulents – the mix is much more free draining. 

Water

Plants can often show the same symptoms for over- or under-watering (limp, yellowing leaves), so you can’t always rely on them to tell you. However, you don’t need any fancy gadgets to tell you when you need to water – simply insert your index finger to the second knuckle into the potting mix. If it’s dry, water, but if it’s moist, you can leave watering for a few days. As a general rule, water once every week (until water runs out of the drainage holes), but extend this to 7-10 days during the cooler months.  

Feed

During the warmer months, when plants are actively growing, feed regularly with Yates Thrive Houseplant Liquid Plant Food. This no-odour product is fantastic for providing plants with the right amount of nutrients to support healthy growth. It will also help green up any lack lustre looking leaves. Handy hint! Spray with Yates Leaf Shine to add a glossy finish to the surface of hard-leaved plants. 

For succulents, they only require intermittent feeding with Yates Thrive Houseplant Liquid Plant Food.

Pests

Indoor plants are not usually perturbed by pests. But, occasionally, you may find sap-sucking insects, like mealy bug, thrips or mites on the foliage. The good news is that you can control them by thoroughly spraying with Yates Nature’s Way Vegie & Herb Spray. Always read the label prior to application. 

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