The trees have been taken down, the decorations put away for another year, and the New Year has officially begun. However, there may be a few remaining reminders of the holiday season – such as gift plants! We often hear of loved ones exchanging indoor plants, such as pothos, as beautiful living gifts. While the thought behind them is always appreciated, there seems to be quite a panic and confusion surrounding keeping these lovely gifts alive into the New Year and beyond. While some plants are seasonal and may not meant for long-term display, there are a few things that you can do to help them stick around for a while. Here are a few helpful tips to help your new green friends stay alive and thrive.
First, you must remove any kind of foil, plastic, or decorative wrapper from the plant. It may make them look like a beautifully presented gift, but it isn’t healthy for the plant in the long run. Then, place the pot on an adequately sized drainage tray or saucer.
There are two main things to consider when trying to help your gift plants stay healthy: light and water. You must consider the kind of light conditions that your plant will require every day. For example, pothos are wonderful for a wide variety of lighting conditions but cannot tolerate direct sunlight. You can place them on your desk in florescent light or in indirect sunlight and they will be happy. Find the correct light requirements for your own plant and a happy place for it.
Watering is the next most important factor in keeping your gift alive. Generally, indoor plants to not grow quite as vigorously or quickly as outdoor plants do. This means that they do not require watering as frequently either. Overwatering your indoor plants can lead to root rot and another number of plant-killing issues. Check the soil of your plant with your finger to measure the moisture content and water when it feels dried out.
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