How to be good to your houseplants
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▪ Stop watering wrong. People are more likely to kill a plant by overwatering than by any other means, but it’s no remedy to provide only a dribble of water. Once a week—or whenever the top inch of soil is dry—take your plants to a sink or tub and soak the soil, then let it drain.
▪ Choose the right pot. Because overwatering kills, every plant needs to be in a pot with drainage holes. A thin plastic pot is usually best because it can be pulled out of a decorative pot and brought straight to the tub or sink.
▪ Repot annually. Root systems routinely outgrow their pots, and across a year or two, the soil they’re in gets compacted and goes stale. Just before the plants hit their spring growth spurt, replant them in pots 2 inches deeper and wider. Untangle the roots, tease out old dirt, and use fresh potting mix—not topsoil.
Source: The Washington Post