Mark Lane’s column on houseplants says, “Repeat this twice a week and your plant will be happy.”


‘Repeat this twice a week and your plant will be happy,’ says Mark Lane in his column about houseplants.

MARK LANE, host of Gardener’s World and a columnist for This Website, discussed the best way to water your houseplants in order to keep them alive.

Houseplant sales have increased by nearly 60% in the last few years, thanks to millennials’ increased enthusiasm.

Plants in the home provide a sense of security and, particularly during the pandemic, aided many people’s mental and physical well-being.

Caring for a plant, nurturing it, photographing it, and sharing it on social media has introduced new gardeners to indoor gardening.

Houseplants have evolved as well.

The Golden Pothos, along with dried Pampas grass, was popular in the 1960s.

During the 1970s, spider plants were found in every home.

Terrariums and large-leafed tropical plants have taken center stage in the 2000s.

Why do houseplants die when they are relatively inexpensive to buy and most of them are easy to propagate?

When you bring a new plant into your home, it quickly becomes a member of your family.

You’ve chosen the ideal location for it and remember to water and feed it on a regular basis, but life gets in the way.

Watering becomes sloppy, you forget to feed your plants, and the growing conditions may change as you buy more (because once you get the bug, you’ll buy more).

The soil and the plant quickly dry out in the winter due to central heating.

It’s possible that the humidity will be low, or that the number of daylight hours will be reduced.

The houseplant may have been in the same pot for years and years, but the human element, your responsibility for caring for it, has suddenly vanished.

When you buy a new plant from a garden centre, shop, or online, it has already been grown in ideal conditions by nurserymen and women in greenhouses, with the proper watering regimen, professional growers on hand, and in some cases, forced to grow, so that when you see it on the shelf, you fall in love with it right away.

However, by the time you buy the houseplant, it may already be in shock, having moved from the greenhouse to the store, where there is less light and less care.

Plants die as a result of neglect or too much love, to put it plainly.

Most plants only need to be watered once a week, so plan accordingly.

“News from the Brinkwire.”


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