Indoor Plant How-To Guide

Indoor Plant How-To Guide

The Crop Armor family believes that every indoor space should have indoor plants. The greenery of indoor plants brings life to any room and are used by interior designers to brighten and enhance new and existing layouts. Indoor Plants are proven to be mood-boosting and are relatively easy to take care of. In this "How-To" guide we will answer common questions and give insightful tips to be successful at growing your own indoor plants.

What are indoor plants?

Indoor plants are simply plants that grow indoors. For us in the Northern Hemisphere, most of them are tropical varieties that don't like the vast temperature changes of the four season.

How do you plant indoor plants?

Most indoor plants are already planted in containers but you can plant your own from clippings or bulbs. You may also need to transplant your indoor plants into a larger container when they grow too big.

How much light do indoor plants need?

The variety of the plant will determine the amount of light needed. Cacti and succulents need continuous, daily sunlight. Indoor plants with leaves need roughly 8 hours of light per day. Make sure you do research on the plants your own and be accurate about where your plants need to be placed for adequate light. 

How do I select a quality indoor plant?

Unfortunately, quality indoor plants are more difficult to find when looking for the right qualities. Here are the top 3 things to look for when selecting a plant:

1. Check for Disease - Look at the stems and leaves (specifically underneath) for white dots or splotches, discoloring of leaves, or stickiness on the leaves. If you notice any of the symptoms or smell a foul odor, move on to another plant.

2. Inspect the Leaves - Look at and gently handle the leaves. Almost all indoor plant leaves should be thick enough that you cannot see any light through them. If they are thin and let light through they may have not developed correctly. There are exceptions to this with a few plants. Ask a professional for if you are unsure and always for some research.

3. If possible, check the root system. Indoor plants in small containers should allow you to check some of the roots by sliding the container down a bit to inspect. Roots should thick and light in color with a nice, earthy smell.

Which indoor plants are easiest to take care of?

Although not in any particular order, here are a few:

  • Pothos
  • Many Succulents
  • Philodendron
  • Sanseveiria
  • Palms

What are the best indoor plants?

The best indoor plants are ones that don't require too much light and will not create a jungle in your home too quickly, Here are few to choose from:

  • Philodendrons
  • Dracaenas
  • Succulents - Need bright light
  • Aspidistra - One of the best plants for those who are not home much.
  • Aglaonema
  • Palms - Many different types for many different spaces.

How do I care for my indoor plants?

Here are a few tips to care for each indoor plant you own.

  • Watering - Keep soil moist. It's important to check the soil of your indoor plants often. Soil must be not too moist and not too dry. The rule of thumb is to keep soil "a bit wet".
  • Drainage - Your indoor plants must have drainage built in to their containers. If indoor plants stay too wet they will surely die. 
  • Light - Plants must have light, natural or artificial. Darkness will kill any plant.
  • Research - Know what species of plant you have and what their needs are. 

Observation will keep your plant alive.

How do you prune or trim your indoor plants?

If you have no reason to trim or prune your plants, don't do it. Often times pruning or trimming can harm your plants and weaken them. Again, research will tell you when to trim your plants.

Why did my indoor plants die?

Most of the time, indoor plants die from overwatering and underwatering, from not enough light, and/or neglect. Indoor plants need care to survive.

Do I need to fertilize my indoor plant?

Indoor plants do require some fertilizer but much less than outdoor plants. You can visit any "garden center" and look for indoor plant fertilizer specific to your plant species. We would recommend a natural, organic variety to apply. 

How do I get rid of bugs on my indoor plants?

A high percentage of indoor plants purchased from a retail store come with added pests. If you notice bugs on your indoor plants, our Garden Defender Ready-to-Spray bottle is an excellent natural choice to eliminate pests on indoor plants. With a wonderful aroma and potent organic pesticide, Garden Defender is safe indoors. It will not harm children or pets. It's safe everyone.

When you notice an outbreak of pests, they will have laid eggs on or in your plants. We suggest spraying your indoor plants every 2 days for at least 7 days for adequate treatment. Feel free to contact us with any questions. 


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