The ideal place for most plants is a west- or east-facing window. Cacti and succulents can be placed in a south-facing window. Plants that tolerate little or no sun feel best in the north.
- The thicker the leaf, the more heat and sunlight the plant can tolerate.
- The lighter the leaf, the more light (no sun) the plant needs.
- The darker the leaf, the smaller the need for light.
- Flowering plants like a light spot for bud development, but most prefer not to be in the sun.
- Variegated plants also prefer a light spot.
In a room that is centrally heated, the air is often dry; especially above a radiator.
Most plants do not like dry air, so it is good to use humidifiers. Some plants love to be watered.
The water requirement depends on many circumstances and cannot be given in general, but there are a few tips:
- Thick, fleshy leaves have little evaporation and therefore less need for water, such as succulents. These plants have a natural adaptation, are strong and often recover well.
- A wax layer on the leaf protects against dehydration, the plant needs less water.
- Thin leaves have a lot of evaporation. The plant often comes from a living environment with high humidity or a fairly moist substrate.
- Large leaf has a lot of evaporation
It is advisable to keep a fixed day per week for the care. You can usually find the specific information on the internet or in a good basic house plant book.
In plants that have had too much water, the roots may be affected, which means that recovery is no longer possible.
When purchasing, the plants have sufficient nutrition for the first period. After some time it is good to start feeding regularly. Most plants can be treated with a general food for green plants and one for flowering plants, but there are also specific foods on the market. Plants are good for air purity. Many plants absorb harmful substances through their leaves and break them down in the roots. Houseplants come from all parts of the world and each need their own care that corresponds as much as possible to the conditions in which they originally grow.