How To Take Care Of A Houseplant


You just brought home a new houseplant. You’re excited to add some life and color to your apartment, but how do you keep it alive? The steps for taking care of a potted plant are fairly straightforward, but it’s important to know what you need to do to avoid having another failed plant on your hands. Plants are living things, after all, so they require the same care as any other organism—and you want it to last more than a few weeks!

Grown in a pot.

Because houseplants are grown in pots, they need more care than plants that grow in the ground. You have to water them more often and fertilize them more often. You also have to repot them more often, prune their roots or stems, and move them around your house depending on where they get the most sunlight each day.

If you’re concerned about all of this extra work involved in taking care of a houseplant and don’t want to do it yourself, consider using synthetic fertilizer instead of organic (natural) fertilizer. Synthetic ones usually come with clear instructions so you don’t have to experiment with different methods until you find one that works well for your plant’s needs!

Potted plant requires more maintenance than a ground plant.

Potted plants are a bit more work than ground plants, since they require more care.

  • Watering: Potted plants need to be watered more often than ground plants because the soil can dry out quicker. You should water your potted plant when the top of the soil is dry and then let it drain thoroughly before you water again.
  • Fertilizing: You should fertilize your potted plant once every two weeks or so with a balanced fertilizer at half strength until springtime, then switch over to flowering fertilizer for summer and fall months.
  • Light: If you want lush green leaves on your indoor potted plant, it needs lots of light! Put it near a window that gets lots of sun during the day—but make sure it doesn’t get direct sunlight from morning till evening (this will burn those delicate leaves).

The quality of the soil is very important.

Soil is an important component of your plant’s environment. It not only provides nutrition to the roots, but also allows them to absorb water and oxygen. Soil should be well-drained, rich in nutrients (but not too much), with a pH between 6.5 and 7.5 (above 8 is alkaline). The soil should be loose enough so that you can easily move it around when repotting your plant; if it’s too compacted or heavy, this could damage or even kill your plant’s roots.

This type of recommended soil mixture makes up what is known as “soilless” potting mix; this term refers to any material used for potting plants that does not contain any organic matter such as peat moss or bark dusts (which tend to have less drainage than other types of organic materials). Commercial soilless mixes are usually composed largely from peat moss, perlite (volcanic glass), vermiculite (expanded mica) and/or bark products like pine bark fines—all relatively lightweight materials that allow good drainage while still retaining moisture well enough for healthy growth.

Prevent overwatering, and underwatering the pot.

Prevent overwatering, and underwatering the pot.

Overwatering can cause root rot in your houseplant, which will cause it to die. Underwatering generally leads to brown leaves and wilting plants, but there are other signs you should look out for as well (see below). Make sure that you check on your plant regularly and get into a routine so that you know when it needs water – especially if it’s something you haven’t had before!

If your plant is looking a bit sad or wilted after being watered – don’t panic! It might be time for some TLC instead of just more water!

Most plants have a dormant period during the winter; this is normal.

Most plants have a dormant period during the winter; this is normal. During the dormant period, your plant will stop growing and producing new leaves until spring arrives. If you live in an area where winters are very mild (such as Southern California), your plant may not go dormant.

If your plant goes completely cold-blooded, it may lose all of its leaves and become brown. Don’t worry: this doesn’t mean that your plant has died! It’s just going through its natural cycle of hibernation. When spring comes back around again, it will start to regrow its leaves for you to enjoy again next summer!

Place your plants in the right area of your home with the right amount of light.

The first step to taking care of a houseplant is to place your plants in the right area of your home with the right amount of light. Plants need light to grow, photosynthesize, produce food and live!

There are many ways you can do this. You can buy lamps for your plants or you can use natural lighting from windows in your house as well as lamps from outside if there are any.

The main thing that matters when deciding where to put your plant is how much sunlight it gets every day – not just on one day but over time too! This will determine how well it grows and whether or not it will die prematurely (like some people do).

Avoid direct sun at all times and don’t place your plant near heating vents as this can dry out or even kill it.

Avoid direct sun at all times and don’t place your plant near heating vents as this can dry out or even kill it.

Plants need to be in a well-lit area, but not in direct sunlight. If you keep your plants indoors, try to place them next to windows that have some shade from trees outside or other large items nearby. The best thing would be if you could position the plants so that they are facing south (or west) so they get plenty of light during the day and natural ventilation during the night time hours when the sun is not out anymore (this will help keep humidity levels up). Another option is finding an area where there is lots of natural light coming through windows throughout most of each day – these areas tend to retain higher humidity levels because they’re cool due to being shaded by buildings around them!

Occasionally, dust your plants to keep them healthy and clean.

Dusting your plants is one of the best ways to keep them healthy and clean. This process should be done at least once a month, but you can do it more frequently if you notice that a lot of dust has accumulated on the leaves.

To dust your plant, use a soft cloth and soft brush (such as an old toothbrush) and gently wipe away any dead leaves or other debris. You can also use a mixture of water and mild detergent in order to dislodge any dirt that may have become stuck in cracks in the leaves or pottery pieces. Rinse your plant with clean water before returning it back into its pot or container so that no residue remains behind when you water it again later on!

Plants need care like anything else that is alive to thrive.

It’s important to remember, however, that plants are living things just like humans. They need food and water in order to grow, just like we do. Plants also need protection from the elements in order to thrive. The following is a list of steps you can take to make sure that your houseplant grows up big and strong:

  • Water – You will want to water your plant every other day or so depending on how much it drinks. If there is too much water at one time then it may cause root rot which could kill off your plant!
  • Fertilizer – You should fertilize your houseplants about once a month with an organic fertilizer such as Miracle-Gro Plant Food for Roses & Perennials (Amazon). This will help them stay healthy throughout their life span


With all the different types of plants available, there’s a houseplant for everyone. Now you know how to take care of your houseplants and have some tips on what to do if they aren’t thriving. If you still have questions about how best to take care of your indoor plants, check out our guide on caring for specific types of houseplants.

Leave a Reply