Potted plants surround our home with living beauty. When caring for them, one must always imagine the conditions under which they live in their home country. Most indoor plants come from tropical or subtropical areas or even – like the cacti – from areas in america where water is only available seasonally. However, potted plants are only enjoyable if their location is chosen to resemble their actual home location. When buying a plant, it is advisable to find out about the requirements of the individual plants in a specialized shop.
Be especially careful in winter
it is important to find the right mab for the gieben. There are no rules about how often to water the flowers. Plants naturally give off more water in a warm room than in a cool area. Flower lovers with green fingers have a gut feeling for the needs of their pets. They understand that plants are also living beings and suffer with them when they are not well. The watering is the be-all and end-all of flower care.
A lot of fingertip feeling is needed in winter. It is important to use the right water at the right time and in the right quantity. Mostly, however, the plants are watered to death. Above all, this happens in cool rooms. When the leaves on houseplants wilt, it is not always due to dryness, but often to excessive wetness. If the supposed dry growths are then watered even more, their roots rot and the plant dies. The diagnosis is death by drowning. But just as deadly for houseplants are "dust-dry plants", put them in clay pots rather than in plastic pots.
"Wet fube" always avoid
before each watering, it should be checked whether the plants really need water. On the surface, the soil usually appears dry. But underneath it can still be wet. To test it, drill a finger a good two centimeters deep into the soil. It is also helpful to raise the pots. With a little practice, you can quickly recognize a root ball soaked in water by its weight. With clay pots, tapping on the rim also helps. Only when you hear a hollow sound should you reach for the watering can.
Half an hour after the pouring, the coasters or pots must be checked. If there is still excess water, it should be removed by scouring. When watering, the earth should be soaked over the entire surface instead of just in one place. But for plants with sensitive tubers or thick leaf cushions, such as the bubi head or alpine and usambara violets, you should put the water in the uppertop or saucer so that the soil can soak up from below. "Wet fube" but are always to be avoided.
Lukewarm for humans – too hot for plants
water at room temperature should always be used for watering. But what we humans perceive as lukewarm is usually already too hot for the roots! Almost all indoor plants react sensitively to lime and thus "hard" water water. The best known of these are camellias, azaleas and hydrangeas.
Tap water should be left to stand for at least one day before being poured. Thus, the gaseous unwanted additives can be cursed in peace, as well as a part of the lime can settle on the bottom of the gabyrinth. Smaller amounts of "hard" tap water can also be boiled or run through a table filter. Especially "soft is naturally rain water or a withdrawal from the garden pond in the tempered condition. An ideal thirst quencher for plants is produced by cooking potatoes, if salt is not used for this purpose. The potato water is also very rich in nutrients and lets the plants grow lushly.