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Fascinating Misconceptions About Indoor Plants

You've probably read or heard something about plants on the internet or from your friends that sounded a little odd. It might be advice on how to water plants, what to feed them, or how to look after them. Let's take a look at some of the more common ones.


Plants in large pots grow faster Genetically, plants are programmed to grow at a specific rate. Better light, proper water and temperature, and more fertiliser can all help speed up the process, but genetics is the main driver. Why should the plant's growth process be affected by the fact that it is in a pot?

Although a larger container has more soil and therefore more capacity for root growth, plants only grow the roots necessary to maintain the plant's above-ground portion.


Distilled water is better than tap water

Distilled water and RO (reverse osmosis) water are mineral-free, clean water. Many houseplants are harmed by this sort of water, while a few do appreciate near-pure water. Plants will not be harmed by most tap water. Some plants can be harmed by tap water that has a high alkalinity (i.e. hard water). To lessen the alkalinity, you can treat it or combine it with rainfall, distilled water, or RO water.


High quantities of sodium, measured in parts per million (ppm), can be found in tap water. This sodium might be found naturally in your water or added by a water softener using sodium chloride. Your local water utility can tell you what your natural sodium level is. If your water has a lot of sodium, dilute it as indicated above to get a lot of alkalinities.


It's Best to Have a Strict Watering Schedule Weekly watering is recommended by a lot of forums. This can be lousy advice. Watering on a timetable appeals to those less familiar with plant development since it allows you to simply follow a routine. Unfortunately, in practice the rule rarely applies. You should water when the soil requires it, which is determined by how rapidly it dries. Many elements influence the drying process, including container size, plant size, temperature, humidity, and quantity of light. Every plant in every home is unique, so sticking to a timetable is impossible.



Yellow Leaves Mean the Plant Is Dying Yellow leaves might indicate that your plant is dying, but they can also indicate that it is thriving.

Plant leaves do not last indefinitely. They're thrown away. In nature, a plant leaf can be damaged by pathogens and insects in a variety of ways. The plant eliminates the majority of the nutrients and carbohydrates from the leaf after it has fulfilled its job, so they may be utilised in other sections of the plant. Green leaves turn yellow as a result of this process. It's a natural occurrence for all plants.



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