8 Easy Flower and Plant Care Tips

Steve | 08-Jan-20
Category : Florist

Need advice on how to keep your flowers and plants healthy? We’ve created a list of our top flower and plant care tips to help them last longer.

Taking care of flowers and plants can be tricky if you’re unsure about where to start, but once you understand the basics, it can become quite easy and even therapeutic. Research shows that healthy flowers and plants can help you breathe easier, reduce toxins in the air and can boost your mood. Whether you’re looking to fill your house or office with flowers, we’ve created a list of our top flower and plant care tips so you know the most efficient ways on how to take care of your plants and ensure they receive the attention they need.


It’s Safer to Underwater Your Plants Than Overwater Them

Overwatering plants is one of the most common reasons for plants dying. Plants can recover faster when deprived of water than when given too much. If you have overwatered your plant, you can rescue it by repotting the plant and to manually remove any unhealthy or damaged roots before potting your plant.


Replace Water Every So Often 

Water can get dirty over time, from dust or other toxins that may be in the air. It’s a necessity to change the water around every 3 months to ensure that your flowers are absorbing clean water. 

If you have received flowers wrapped in plastic, we highly recommend removing the plastic as soon as possible and place them in a vase with clean water. Plastic can be full of toxic chemicals and paints which can damage your flower.


Use The Soil as an Indicator On How Often to Water Your Flower

Potted soil plants can be tricky at first to keep track of when you have watered them and how often you should. For the majority of house plants, the golden rule is to see if the first inch of soil is dry or not. If in the first inch the soil is dry, this indicates that your plant needs to be watered. If you notice the leaves of your plant are discoloured or turning brown, this is also an indicator that you need to water them more and more often.


Keep Your House Flowers in The Same Spot

Before you purchase a new house plant, we recommend you scope out your home for where you’ll put your pants. Flowers thrive off of their surroundings and when they find the perfect light and room temperature. Make sure your plant is in a position in which you can maintain the temperature. With the temperature fluctuating, this will shock your Flowers, therefore, now allowing your plant to develop properly which may eventually lead them to die.


Dust your Flowers and Plants Regularly

Just like everything in a house, flowers will collect dust too. Dust can prevent flowers from absorbing sunlight will eventually lead to them dying. Once every few months, simply use a wet cloth and gently wipe down the leaves, both on top and under. Be careful not to brush the leaves too hard, because they are very delicate.


Use The Correct Fertiliser

Did you know you can over-fertilise plants? Too much fertiliser can burn the roots of plants which will prevent them from absorbing water. This will make plants more vulnerable to stress from drought, cold, and heat. 

Plants that are starved of nutrients are normally the smaller plants and can easily be affected by leaf spots, whereas larger plants can fight off the majority of diseases. Plants require nutrients, however, If your plants are over-encumbered of a particular nutrient, this can add a lot of stress onto the plant.

 If you are unsure on what type of soil to use with a specific plant, go to your local garden center and ask for their advice.


Separate Plants From Each Other

If you keep indoor plants close to one another, make sure that you keep an eye on them. If indoor plants are crowded, they create their own humidity which can spread diseases such as powdery mildew and others. 

Plants which are too close to each other will compete with each other for light, water and nutrients. These weak plants will be become more vulnerable to diseases and will be very weak. 

 To prevent this from happening, you can trim off damaged and crowded stalks which could eventually lead to catching diseases. If possible, separating your plants when they need to will also be beneficial to helping them grow. 


Provide Plants With Enough Sunlight

Sunlight is the main source of energy for plants, so you need to ensure that your plants are getting enough of it. Some flowers may need sunlight every day, whereas house plants only need sunlight for a few hours. You need to research your plants and know how many hours of sunlight they need to be healthy and grow.

House plants prefer facing windows, so try and keep them on window sills or in direct sight of the sun. Keep in mind which direction the sun rises and shines through which windows in your home.

Another way to ensure your garden plants receive the right amount of sunlight is to plant them out of sight from tall trees and buildings, if possible.


For expert advice and service on how to maintain your flowers and plants, contact our team online or visit us in our Birmingham store. While you’re here, why not check out our flowers for all occasions and browse our many bouquets and arrangements.