6 Essential Tips to keep your Home Garden Healthy.
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Get to know the six factors and tips which will assure you have a healthy and long-lasting garden.
Maintaining a garden can be tricky. With all the variables that make for a healthy garden, some subtle ones go amiss a few times.
A garden is incomplete without the organic plants to give your balcony a natural radiance. Barring the artificial elements in your garden, the natural part needs to be well taken care of. Here are a few factors and tips to help you maintain your garden on your own.
1. Choosing the right plants
It goes without saying that the first step in getting your garden right is the plant you choose for your space. This can be only done after properly considering the moisture levels, amount of sunlight, soil quality, and drainage in your balcony.
If you are buying plants for the first time, then you have to make sure you can take good care of it. We suggest going for low maintenance plants like Chlorophytum (Spider Plant), Schefflera or Aglaonema Costatum (Chinese Evergreen). There are more such plants that we can suggest but only after taking a look at your space. For this, you can book a consultation with us anytime.
Choose plants that are disease and pest resistant. Also, when combining plants for a planter box - please keep in mind that the plants are similar in nature in the sunlight and water they receive.
2. Soil - Determining the right mix
When the right type of soil is provided for your plants, it can greatly enhance their longevity and growth. Certain factors like the soil’s permeability, loamy texture, fertility and then the right pH help in determining which type of soil will best suit your plant.
Now, certainly the soil from your backyard or for that matter, any soil won’t fit the bill because it may contain weed seeds or fungal diseases. At Gardenly we use a mixture of organic soil and cocopeat which works as a water retainer. This helps in keeping the soil moisturized for a longer period of time. At the time of buying, we do suggest the best type of soil for the plants you buy with us.
3. Spacing - A very important factor to consider
The above line says it all. Without proper spacing, it is hard for the plants to thrive. A few things to consider before giving your plant the proper space is the plant itself. Whether the plant belongs to an indoor variety, semi-shade or even outdoor variety will determine how much amount of sunlight is sufficient for your plants. Along with that plants also need proper airflow and drainage which helps in preventing fungal infections.
Clubbing of similar plants together can make the house look beautiful and avoid wastage of water too. Another thing is to go for bigger pots if you feel the roots of your plant is getting overcrowded. Root overcrowding prevents new growth so be mindful of that.
4. Watering - A key aspect
This is the main aspect of maintaining a plant that most people get wrong. What should be the ideal water limit? What time to water the plants or after how many days?
Well, each and every plant requires different care and before watering the plants it is imperative that you consult with us.
But in short, the best timing is in the mornings when the atmosphere is cool and the water stays for a longer time without quick evaporation. Whereas in the evening, the water is retained and dampness is caused which leads to diseases and rot. For best results, infrequent watering is recommended for optimal growth.
Dip your finger in the soil about an inch and check if the soil is moist. If not, then pour as much water so that a little comes out from below. Seedlings need more water so make sure you pour a little more.
5. Pruning - helps prevent disease and encourages new growth
To maintain your plant in the right way, the prevention of plant disease is very important. If you spot any browning, yellow, dry, brittle or sick looking branch or dead flower, cut it off from the base to prevent its spread.
For general pruning of houseplants, avoid pruning the flowers when unopened buds are present on the stems.
6. Fertilizer - Use once a month
The outdoor plants need less fertilizer than the indoor ones. For your balcony garden, the fertilizers to be used are preferably organic ones. The organic soil has nutrients that get used up by the plant slowly overtime. If you are slightly confused about the fertilizers, we can suggest you some excellent ones for different types of plants.
Mix the fertilizer with the top few inches of the soil as it reduces wastage of contained nutrients due to runoff from watering the plants.
These few tips really come handy when homeowners need quick results with their plants. Gardenly, on the other hand, has an all-year maintenance service available to all its customers. Do consider booking a consultation with us to get the best advice on plants and garden designing.