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Houseplant Health Check

Houseplant Health Check

Taking care of houseplants can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s not without its challenges. Regular health checks are crucial to ensure your plants stay healthy and vibrant. Just like we need regular check-ups, our green friends do too! In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the essentials of houseplant health checks—what to look for, common problems, and easy fixes to keep your indoor garden flourishing. 

Why They Matter

Think of plant health checks as a routine wellness visit for your leafy buddies. These checks help you spot early signs of stress, disease, or pests, so you can address issues before they become big problems. Regular checks mean happier, healthier plants that grow beautifully and live longer.

Plus, the more you check your plants, the better you’ll understand their needs. You’ll become a more confident and skilled plant parent, making it easier to keep your BWH Plant Co additions thriving 🪴✨

What To Look For

Leaves: Check for discoloration, spots, wilting, or weird growth. Healthy leaves should be vibrant and damage-free.

Stems: Look for any signs of rot, pests, or abnormal growth. Stems should be firm, not soft or mushy.

Roots: If you can, gently lift your plant out of its pot to inspect the roots. Healthy roots are white or light tan and firm, not brown or mushy.

Soil: Look at the soil for mold, pests, or fungal growth. Make sure it’s not compacted and has good drainage to support healthy roots.

Overall Growth: Check how the plant is growing. Is it strong and consistent with new growth emerging regularly, or has it become leggy, weak, and gone stagnant?

Common Problems & Simple Solutions

Yellowing Leaves: Often caused by overwatering, underwatering, or nutrient deficiencies. Adjust your watering schedule and use a balanced fertilizer.

Wilting: Can be from both overwatering and underwatering. Check soil moisture and adjust watering as needed. Ensure proper drainage.

Pests: Look out for spider mites, aphids, and mealybugs. Inspect your plants regularly and treat infestations with insecticidal soap or neem oil. Check out Pests 101 for more info 🕷️

Root Rot: Caused by overwatering or poor drainage. Remove the plant from its pot, trim away affected roots, and repot in fresh, well-draining soil.

Prevention Measures

Proper Watering: Stick to a consistent watering schedule based on your plant’s needs. Let the soil dry out between waterings to avoid overwatering.

Adequate Light: Make sure your plants get the right amount of light based on their requirements. Place them near windows or use artificial lights if needed.

Humidity and Temperature: Maintain suitable humidity and temperature levels. Use a humidifier or pebble trays to increase humidity if necessary.

Regular Cleaning: Wipe the leaves with a damp cloth to remove dust and debris. This helps prevent pests and improves photosynthesis.

Fertilization: Use a balanced fertilizer to give your plants the nutrients they need. Follow the recommended dosage and schedule.