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If you enjoy having a garden inside as well as outside, there are a plethora of indoor plant options to choose from.  Whether you are at the start of being a plant parent or well versed, these 5 simple tips will help your indoor garden flourish:

1. Repotting 

When getting a new plant from the nursery, it is best to repot them in the right pot. Ideally, your pot should have a hole to allow for excess water to drain from the soil and collect in a tray underneath. This will prevent the plant from “drowning” from all the extra water trapped in the soil. Furthermore, plants need plenty of space to grow and the roots need to stretch out. Repotting would allow your plant to grow faster and absorb more nutrients. This is also a great opportunity to examine the plant’s health through its roots. Mushy, dry, smelly or moldy roots might be an indication of a problem.

2. Pruning

When you spot yellowing or brown tips on leaves, it is best to trim them off with secateurs. This is usually caused by overwatering or a lack of misting.

Similarly, flowers and leaves that are yellow or dead should be pruned too by making a 90 degree cut at the base of the stem to remove the entire dead leaf or flower.

Important note: Prune only when needed. If stems have bumps that look like little joints (nodes), they may be an indication of growth so cut above them.

3. Sufficient Light

Different plants require different shade or light preferences. It is important to know and understand your plant’s light requirements as they fall into four categories – direct sun, bright indirect light, light shade and full shade. 

Insufficient light will result in lower leaves turning yellow and the plant might face little to no growth. Conversely, too much light might result in brown scorch marks, dry leaves and a wilting plant on a hot day.

4. Just Enough Water

Watering can be tricky for those that are new plant parents. Overwatering can lead to a drowning plant and too little water can cause the plant to dry up and die.

To figure out if your plant needs water, feel the soil around the pot’s edges. Soil that is dry and crumbly is a good indication that it is time to water your plant. If it feels damp, then it probably doesn’t need watering just yet. Another telling sign is through its leaves. A plant dying of thirst will have leaves that are shriveled or are turning dry and brown.

5. The Right Temperature

As the seasons change, we should also be mindful of the room temperature and humidity in which our plants are placed. 

Most indoor plants are typically from tropical or subtropical countries, hence the natural climate they thrive in falls between 15°C – 25°C. Be careful not to dry your plants out during winter because of heating systems. To overcome this, getting a humidifier, misting or leaving some water near your plant might help. Your plants should also be placed away from the heaters or fridges, as most indoor plants (aside from succulents) do not like dry heat.

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