|Written by Bubbie|
Intro: Houseplants should thrive and be healthy and not shrivel and die. If your houseplants are shriveling and dying, here are some points to remember.
Step 1: Read and follow care instructions. Most houseplants come with a tag attached that contains basic instructions on how to care for it.
Step 2: Do more research. You can find more in-depth information on caring for houseplants by looking online, buying and keeping a houseplant reference book handy, or by visiting your local library and borrowing one when needed.
Step 3: Be careful of over and under watering your plants. These are both common reasons why plants die.
Step 4: Feed and fertilize your plants according to their needs. Use plant foods and fertilizers that are right for your plants.
Step 5: Make sure your plants have adequate lighting. Different plants have different lighting needs. Most houseplants you buy come with lighting guidelines and instructions.
Step 6: Re-pot your plants when necessary. As your plants grow you will need to re-pot them into bigger containers. Follow re-potting guidelines for your houseplants.
Step 7: Keep plants away from pets. Your playful pets can do damage to the plants and themselves, as some plants are poisonous to pets.
Step 9: Enlist help when needed. Sometimes in spite of all your research and care your plants may still do poorly. Maybe you know someone with a green thumb that might have the experience and knowledge to help you, or seek advice from your local florist.
Tip: If you are a novice houseplant buyer, you may want to get a plant that is easy to care for such as a cactus or a snake plant.