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Caring for indoor plants: these are the 6 most common mistakes

Green in the apartment is not only beautiful, it is also very trendy right now. But even if more and more people buy houseplants, that doesn't necessarily make everyone a plant expert. And there are a number of mistakes that almost all of us make when tending house plants.

We clarify the most common care mistakes and tell you how you can properly care for your houseplants from now on.

You can find more tips on caring for houseplants in the book "This is how houseplants are guaranteed to survive: Green thumbs for beginners" on Amazon.

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Mistake # 1: Too Much Water

It's probably the most common mistake in house planting, and one of the reasons plants die: we just water them too much. Sure, plants need water to grow, but we often overestimate the amount of water required and mean it too well. Because just because the soil looks dry does not mean that there is not enough moisture inside the pot.

The problem with too much water? The earth is so saturated with water that the roots of the plant can no longer absorb it. The result: the roots of your houseplants are too wet and start to rot. As a result, the plant can no longer absorb water and slowly dies.

The symptoms:

  • Earth smells musty or moldy
  • Leaves turn yellow
  • small flies (fungus gnats) buzz around the pot

The solution:
In order to properly care for your houseplants, you should check whether the soil is still moist enough before the next watering. To do this, stick your finger a few centimeters into the earth: If the earth is wet or damp, you can still wait. If the earth feels dry, it is watered. Succulents and cacti can also do without water for a long time and rarely need to be watered.

Our tip: It works even better with a moisture meter (available here on Amazon). This reliably indicates whether it is necessary to pour.

Mistake # 2: Wrong location

Plants need light to grow, so a sunny windowsill is perfect, right? Not correct! In general, no statement can be made about this, as every plant has different requirements for the location. While cacti and succulents, for example, usually like it sunny and dry, other plants prefer partially shaded places or high humidity.

The symptoms:

  • Leaves fade, turn yellow, or curl (too much sun)
  • Leaves turn yellow / long shoots and small leaves (too little light)
  • Leaves get brown tips (too dry air)

The solution:
You should keep your houseplants in the right place if they are to thrive well in the long term. So, at best, find out what needs it has before buying a plant. In this way you can estimate whether these can even be met in your apartment.

Our tip: If you have found a good location, you should not move your plant around again if possible. Because a change of location means stress for your indoor plants every time.

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Mistake # 3: Don't fertilize indoor plants

Did you know that plants need nutrients on a regular basis to grow well? When we buy a new plant or have just repotted it, it usually still thrives splendidly, but after a few months at the latest, growth seems to stagnate. The reason: Plant soil is usually only mixed with fertilizer for 4-6 weeks, after which you have to fertilize your plants yourself so that they get nutrients. And that's super important if you want to take care of your houseplants properly.

The symptoms:

  • Plant no longer grows or only grows very slowly
  • Leaves turn yellow


The solution:
Plants should be fertilized regularly in the growing season from March to October. Depending on the plant, once or twice a month or less often. The right fertilizer is also important: orchid fertilizer, green plant fertilizer or cactus fertilizer - the nutrients should match the plant. You can find various fertilizers here on Amazon.

Mistake # 4: Don't repot indoor plants

When was the last time you repotted your plants? If you can't remember it, now may be time. It is best to lift the plastic pot and take a look underneath. If roots are already growing out of the drain holes, it is high time for a new pot.

The symptoms:

  • Plant no longer grows or only grows very slowly
  • Roots grow out of the soil above or out of the pot below


The solution:
If you want to look after your houseplants properly, treat them to a new, larger pot. It is best to choose a pot that is one size larger than the last. A pot that is too big can quickly lead to overwatering as there is more soil than roots.

Mistake # 5: planting houseplants incorrectly

A lot can go wrong when caring for indoor plants: Since every plant has different needs, not every potting soil from the garden center is equally suitable for every plant. Cacti and succulents, for example, prefer a very permeable substrate so that no waterlogging occurs. You should also buy high-quality potting soil for normal green plants, because cheap soil condenses over time and suffocates the roots of your plants.

The symptoms:

  • Waterlogging / roots rot
  • Leaves turn yellow


The solution:
Find out more about your plant and choose the right soil accordingly. Plant your plants No way straight into a pot with no drainage holes. When watering, waterlogging occurs and your plants rot. It is best to always put a drainage made of expanded clay (available here at Amazon) on the bottom of the pot.

Our tip: Mix the soil for your plants yourself. For example, you can use normal green plant soil and mix it with a little perlite or pine bark to loosen it up. In this way, enough oxygen comes to the roots of your plant in the long term.

Mistake # 6: detecting pests too late

The leaves turn yellow or get spots - and it is a mystery to you why? Mistakes in care are not always to blame when your plant is doing badly. Pests such as spider mites, thrips or aphids often cause problems for our indoor plants. Once they are recognized, they can be combated well with both home remedies and chemical agents. But they are often only recognized when it is almost too late and the plant has already obviously been affected.

The symptoms:

  • Leaves turn yellow and wither
  • Leaves roll up
  • Leaves become stained or discolored


The solution:
When caring for houseplants, it is best to check them regularly for pests, for example with every watering. Especially look at the leaf axils and undersides of the leaf, as pests often hide there. In many cases, especially if the infestation is not too strong, it helps to give the plants a vigorous shower. Various home remedies and natural remedies such as neem oil are also often very effective against pests. If you don't get the plague under control, there are also chemical means to combat it. The best thing to do is to get advice from the garden center. At Amazon you will find various means of combating pests.

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