Want to elevate your plant game? Try one of these indoor house trees! They are easier to take care of than you might think.
Nothing livens up interior spaces like a few indoor plants placed strategically in your home. Although, if you have large rooms, a few scattered specimens can seem a little lost.
This is where indoor house trees come to the rescue. Trees aren’t difficult to care for and can add a wonderfully tropical feel to your home. Here’s how to get the most out of growing trees indoors.
Don’t Overdo It
Trees that grow outdoors do fine all on their own, so don’t pamper your indoor variety too much. One of the biggest mistakes that most indoor gardeners make is over-watering their trees.
Most trees only need watering once a week, while some types of trees are better off with a monthly ration of water. In fact, when it comes to tree care, less is definitely more.
Many trees will forgive a few slip-ups, for others, overwatering is a major issue. For example, fiddle leaf fig tree indoor care is particularly tricky. You’ll need special equipment to keep an eye on water levels.
Regardless of the type of tree you have, when you do water them, stop pouring when the water runs out of the bottom of the flowerpot into the saucer. Don’t leave this excess water lying there either, draw it out with a turkey baster or syringe.
Fertilizer & Containers
No plant can thrive in soil that doesn’t meet its nutritional needs. When you first get your tree from the nursery, it should be good to go. However, as your tree grows it will use up the nutrients in the soil.
Ask your nurseryman about when to add fertilizer and how often. Water-soluble fertilizers are always best for indoor trees and a once a year application should suffice.
Likewise, your tree will most likely arrive in a container that suits its current needs. As the tree matures, it will need space to grow, which means a new container is in order.
It’s important to choose a new pot that is 2 to 4 inches wider than the old one. Choose the wrong size and you could end up with a stunted, root-bound tree.
Don’t panic, you’ll probably only need to re-pot your tree every few years.
Pruning Indoor House Trees
An important part of re-potting — and one that’s often overlooked — is root pruning. Once you have taken your tree out of its pot, cut a few inches off the root ball before you place it in its new home.
Pruning the leaves and branches of your tree is important to keep it looking neat and tidy. This activity also encourages new healthy growth.
You needn’t get too technical about pruning, snipping off any straggly growth and dead leaves as you notice them will suffice. Always cut the stems at a 45-degree angle.
Make Good Choices
Keeping plants in your house helps to remove toxins from the air and improves the appearance of your abode. Trees and plants also give you the kind of satisfaction that only comes from caring for living things.
Remember that some indoor house trees can be tricky to care for. Some of the best ones for beginners are Madagascar Dragon Trees, Kentia Palms, Yucca Trees, and Ficus Benjamina.
Start simple and save yourself the heartache and hassle associated with fussy, fragile species.
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