September 20, 2023
By Maddy Hogan
As plant enthusiasts, we all want our indoor tropical houseplants to thrive and flourish. However, sometimes, despite our best intentions, our leafy friends can exhibit signs of distress. It's essential to remember that while it's natural to want to help, there are certain things you should avoid doing when your indoor tropical houseplant isn't at its best. We'll discuss some common mistakes people make and how to avoid them, using Riza Plants methodology as our guide.
One of the first instincts many plant owners have when they notice their indoor tropical houseplant isn't doing well is to consider repotting it. While repotting can be beneficial when done at the right time, it can also cause more harm than good if performed when unnecessary.
Why you should avoid repotting too soon:
Instead, focus on identifying the actual cause of the distress, such as watering issues or inadequate light, and address that before considering repotting.
No Watering Without Checking Soil
Another common mistake is the tendency to water houseplants when we notice their leaves drooping or browning. However, it's crucial not to water blindly without checking the soil moisture.
At Riza Plants, we carry moisture meters which are super helpful to determine the moisture level of your soil. If you are concerned about your plant and you don’t have a moisture meter handy, insert your finger at least an inch into the soil; if it feels dry, it's time to water. If it's still moist, hold off on watering until the soil dries out a bit more.
No Moving the Plant Around
Sometimes, we think that relocating our houseplants to different spots in our homes will help them thrive. However, constantly moving a distressed plant can do more harm than good.
Why you should avoid moving the plant around:
Instead, find a suitable, well-lit spot for your tropical houseplant and leave it there. Ensure it receives the appropriate amount of sunlight and maintain a stable environment to help it recover.
When your indoor tropical houseplant shows signs of distress, it's essential to resist the urge to repot, water without checking the soil, or move it around frequently. Instead, take a patient and methodical approach to identify the root cause of the problem and address it accordingly. By avoiding these common mistakes and providing your plant with the care it truly needs, you can increase the chances of seeing your beloved green companion return to its vibrant and healthy state. Remember, the experts at Riza Plants in downtown Napa are always there to provide guidance and beautiful botanical solutions for your indoor plant needs.
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Riza (noun); Greek for ‘Roots’. Riza’s mission is to connect people through plants. We handpick the highest quality plants, ceramics, and indoor garden supplies for our customers, and consider ourselves a hub for all things relating to indoor plants. Whether you want to connect more with nature, brighten up your living space, or learn about caring for your new indoor plant, we take the time to work with your skill level and environment to find the perfect piece of greenery.