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Top 5 houseplants myths revealed…

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It might be difficult to care for houseplants. How do you know what to believe when there’s so much information available? We’ve noticed a few common misconceptions among plant parents, so we decided to clear the air and make sure you have all the facts you need to keep your plants and online flower delivery healthy and strong.

 

HOUSEPLANT MYTH #1: REPOTTING IS “THE FIX” FOR A STRUGGLING PLANT

If there’s one myth that everyone believes, it’s this one. If your plant is rootbound, repotting it may help, but more often than not, the plant is struggling due to other factors such as insufficient or excessive light, over-or under-watering, unexplained pests, or a lack of fertilizer. Repotting, in these conditions, exacerbates the problem and stresses the plant.

 

HOUSEPLANT MYTH #2: IT IS OKAY TO TRANSPLANT INTO A CACHEPOT WITH NO DRAINAGE 

When it comes to repotting… Adequate drainage is always the greatest policy for a long-lasting, healthy plant. The majority of our decorative cachepots do not have a drainage hole. This is to keep any seeping water and escaping soil off your floor, carpet, or tabletop. The best approach is to keep the plant in its plastic nursery pot because all root balls require sufficient airflow and will develop root rot if their “feet” are always moist. Simply remove the potted plant from the cachepot, water it in a sink or on the terrace, and let it drain completely before replacing it.

 

HOUSEPLANT MYTH #3: THE BEST WAY TO WATER ORCHIDS IS WITH ICE CUBES

Ice cubes seem like a simple and effective way to hydrate an orchid slowly and consistently (and a study from a prominent university did support the practice, so this may have lent credence to the myth). The study, however, had a limited timetable and a narrow focus, and it failed to account for many circumstances that occur once the orchid flower bouquet leaves the growers’ laboratory and moves into a house or workplace. Consider the conditions of an orchid’s original tropic and subtropic ecosystem, where the roots receive a deep watering followed by a period of drying, and you’ll see why we like to submerge and soak the container for 15-20 minutes. This approach permits the chunky bark to fully hydrate and avoids nutrients from being leached. Allow the orchid to completely dry before repeating the procedure.

 

HOUSEPLANT MYTH #4: THE SOLUTION TO A DROOPY PLANT IS WATER.

When you see a droopy plant, the first thing that comes to mind is that it needs water. That is 9 times out of 10, the reason. It is most certainly suffering from root rot if you water it and the leaves do not perk up within a fair amount of time. When a plant is continually overwatered or sits in a pot with standing water in the bottom, this happens. Your plant may be able to recover, but only time will tell. Allow the root ball to dry completely before watering less often. Remove the plant from the pot and only keep the parts of the plant with healthy roots attached if you want to be daring. Repot that section in a smaller container with fresh soil that is appropriate for the now-smaller roots.

 

HOUSEPLANT MYTH #5: TILLANDSIA (AIR PLANTS) DON’T NEED WATERING

Water, like everything else in the plant world, is essential for survival. However, because air plants are so unique, they have specialized watering requirements that are heavily influenced by the light and moisture conditions you give. You can mist or soak them, but the sort of water you use is crucial; you should never use distilled water, but you can use filtered water or tap water that has been left out overnight to remove chlorine, which can decrease their lives. Also, never water the plant at night, when it is absorbing carbon dioxide. Also, make sure your plant isn’t sitting on anything moist-retaining, such as moss, fabric, or sand. That will undoubtedly rot the bottom.

Thank you for reading, and feel free to leave any questions in the comments section!

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