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How to Avoid Health Problems for Houseplants

Houseplant - Houseplants are not difficult to care for, but it does require attention and care. Before you start looking for your next indoor plant, it's important to understand what health problems common to houseplants actually are. 

Many indoor plants are easy to give excessive water or over watering, which can cause leaf rust, spacing out, or yellowing leaves. Pests and diseases can be avoided by keeping the following points in mind when caring for your plants: Slow tillering and misting of the soil. 

A well cared for houseplant will not only help you look stylish at home but it will keep you comfortable as well. Some people feel the need to have all the varieties of houseplants, or care for them like precious treasure. However, there’s no harm in giving some plants a bit more attention than other plants. Some people tend to neglect the younger, healthier plants while they are busy tending to the more older plants.

How do you avoid health problems for houseplants? Simple. With adequate care of houseplants and a little know how into common houseplant issues, you’ll be better able to grow healthy houseplants. 

There are three major types of indoor plants that you should consider: indoor plants, outdoor plants, and indoor herbs.  Each have their own unique needs and traits that need to be considered when caring for them. 

To get the best results from these additions to your home, you’ll first need to understand how they are cared for.  Once you’ve figured that out, it will become easier to choose the best indoor or outdoor houseplant for your area.

Common Houseplant Issues

Common houseplants are not difficult to look after. However, there are many different types of pests that can affect your home if left unaddressed. Pests such as scale, aphids, and mealybugs are all parasitic on one or more individuals of the host animal family (phylum) in which they reside. 

The adult form of the organism within each pest species is called an zooid. Commonly found on buildings and decks in homes and commercial buildings, zooids can range from white or yellowish-brown to green or yellowish-green in hue.

A fungus can live within any organic material—your food, clothing, shoes, even your hair. When this fungus grows within soft skin of a houseplant, it releases spores that can affect all the surrounding soft tissues and cause them to wilt, and eventually die. No matter what type of houseplant it may be, the fungus must be removed before it has a chance to cause disease in your home. 

How to Keep Houseplants Looking Healthy

Plants do best in conditions that provide them with both shelter and protection from pests. Most people think that plants only grow in bright, frost-free indoor spaces. That’s not true. Indoors, the right conditions can be just as important as the outside when it comes to getting your plant to grow. 

The best place for your indoor plants to thrive is a spot with artificial lighting, where they can get a clear view of the outside world and air movement (so they don’t get stressed out). But even with this kind of protection, some kinds of indoor plants will still suffer from pests and diseases.

So how do you keep houseplants healthy? Here are a few tips:

  • First, you need to keep your plants growing strong by making sure the environment in your room/place  is close to their normal habitat. They can still be attacked by pests, but they will be healthier and able to withstand from theirs attack in the right indoor environment. 
  • Try to keep the air recycled. Make sure you have adequate ventilation instaled but without drafts. Humid air, when it’s cool, can cause fungal diseases to erupt. 
  • Remember not to overfeed and over-water your plants. Too much nitrogen can make your  houseplant growth to be soft and sappy. This makes them vulnerable to both pests and diseases. 
  • Every new plants you get should be isolated until you know they are free from pests and/or diseases. 
  • Lastly, check your houseplants regularly. Making sure you look under the leaves where the majority of health problems for houseplants usually start.

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