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How NOT to kill house plants

Make sure you make your houseplants flourish



Know the nursery

When you shop for plants,  select ones that look healthy and well potted. Plants with new flowers and buds are your best bet. Avoid: spindly plants; plants with broken stems or leaves caused by rough handling; plants with roots poking out of the bottom of the pot; and plants with yellow, brown, wilted or blotched leaves.


Watering rule of thumb

Stick your finger into the soil 2,5cm deep – it should feel moist, not soggy or parched. Yellowing leaves could be a sign you’re overwatering the plant; brown tips could mean it’s not getting enough water.


Clean leaves = Happy plants

Dust on leaves blocks light and hinders photosynthesis. The simple fix: If you see a film on the leaves, hose the plant off with lukewarm water in the sink or shower, or wipe the foliage with a damp cloth. In the case of fuzzy-leaved plants, gently sweep off dust with a soft brush.



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