Plants are everywhere around us and regardless of whether you are a plant lover or not, you must admit that everything looks brighter and fresher around them. The main reason for this is their beautiful colour which isn’t only pleasant to look at. It has been well-proven that green colour can evoke many positive feelings in us. An important fact to keep in mind regarding plants is that not all of them are in need of the same things. However, there are some shared needs that are the main factors for their growth.
Water and Nutrients
Plants use water to carry the nutrients back and forth throughout the roots which is paramount for their existence. Once the soil becomes dry, one should water the plant according to its needs.Except for water, fertilizing the plants is also fundamental for their growth. Generally speaking, the most important nutrients for the growth of plants of all kinds are nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K) and the ratio depends on the plant’s type and needs. To make things clearer, nitrogen is needed for making the plant’s leaves greener, phosphorus is needed for creating stronger roots and bigger flowers (if any), and potassium is needed for preventing diseases. A thing to have in mind regarding both water and fertilizers is that too much or too little can be dangerous for the plants.
Another important factor one should have in mind when growing plants is the type of planter. Both roots and foliage (leaves) need room to grow, so choosing the right size of planter is paramount. And when speaking about spacious and modern solutions, it goes without saying that self-watering planters are the ideal for the purpose, both when it comes to indoor plants and outdoor plants. In other words, they are ideal for a range of plants, herbs, even for fruit and veggies, regardless of how small your space and how busy your lifestyle.
So, what is a self watering plant pot? According to horticulturists, plants and plant owners have several things in common. They need enough space for living, water and food, and it seems that self watering pots can provide plants with all of this. The integrated self-watering system allows plants to take as much water as needed which is of vital importance. And since plants need to receive just the needed amount of nutrients, the self watering planters are specially designed to keep all of the nutrients inside the soil. With planters like this, one can get the best of both worlds, which is practicality and greenery. Many people are not sure whether will they know how to use self watering pots or not, but they are pretty simple. One should only pay attention to the built in indicator which tells when it’s time to fill in the reservoir with water. It couldn’t be more simple, right?!
Air and Soil
Besides the aforementioned things, plants cannot grow healthily without healthy soil and fresh air. Smoke, gasses and dirty air in general can be harmful for plants because of the decreased intake of carbon dioxide from the air. On the other hand, the soil is the anchor for plant roots and it’s what supports their weight, so if one of these things is not right, they can get seriously damaged. It could affect their growth, leaves colour and their health in general.
Light and Temperature
Last but not least, plants need sunlight to grow. According to horticulturists, the light is used for making food, so too little light can make plants weak. This will also result in fewer flowers and fruits (if any). That is why one should make sure to find out what is the needed amount of light for having a perfectly healthy plant. Another thing to have in mind is that different plants require a different amount of light and sun exposure, so following the plant’s growing instructions to have perfectly healthy ones is more than needed.
The temperature is also an important factor that can affect the plant’s health. Experts say that the climate and temperature of an area determine what kind of plants one can grow. So, for instance, the ability to tolerate cold temperatures is known as cold hardiness while those that can’t survive cooler temperature are known as tender plants. And since in the natural environment the temperature is constantly changing, one should consult with a professional before investing in plants, regardless of their type (indoor or outdoor).