How to Care for Indoor Plants

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Care for indoor plants by providing at least some natural or artificial light, avoiding letting the plant sit in water and using good organic material with bark at the bottom of the pot for drainage. Allow house plants to dry out between watering with advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to talk about how to care for indoor plants. Now, pretty much any plant in the world can be an indoor plant, so it doesn't really matter if you live in a warm or a cold climate. Pretty much any plant can be an indoor plant. And I have a few rules of thumb. So, indoor plants need at least some light, and it doesn't have to be natural light. It can be artificial light. So, depending on the variety of the plants as long as you get some sun; if it's filtered through a window, or if you've got some any type of light in the room that seems to be all that matters. And the big part about indoor plants that people make the biggest mistake is that they over water em', they let em' sit in water. So, the key with indoor plants is never let em' sit in water. Stick em' in the sink, water em' real well; Let em' dry out. Then, put em' back on a plate on the windowsill. Never let em' sit in the water. Actually empty out the containers that they're sitting water cause' you'll do em' in that way. So, most indoor plants need good organic material just like your outside plants. I've found bark dust is great with your orchids or with a lot of other houseplants, or a combination of potting soil with bark dust and sand. And a good trick too with your houseplants is put gravel on the bottom; compost your plant, and then some gravel on the top. And then, that way it has really good drainage and it's got some nutrition. But there's so many different types of houseplants and so many easy ways to care for em'. You can use hanging plants, or you can put em' in a container on a windowsill. But, as long as your indoor plant has some light and water, it's not sitting in water, and it's not too dry it will thrive and survive for many years.

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