No, you don’t have a cursed thumb.

Although we understand why you might think so since your plants always end up dead.

So what are you doing to your houseplants?

We are not accusing you of slaughtering them mercilessly. After all, you went out of your way to acquire them and totally raised them on your own… but maybe, just maybe you’ve been doing something wrong. Because generally, plants want to live.

In this blog post, we’ll highlight seven possible things that have had you routinely killing your plants and throwing expensive greenery in the trash can.

Not following instructions

This shouldn’t be surprising, it’s the same reason a lot of people fail exams.

Just like people, no two plants are the same. That’s why you get care instructions when you purchase one.

What is the absolute best way to avoid a dead houseplant? Read and follow instructions! Even when you buy plants by the roadside, they give you a long list of dos and don’ts to ensure your plants don’t end up dead.

The logic is completely simple. Reading or listening to the instructions provides you with everything you need to know about your plants. The needs, preferences in terms of food, water and sunlight and more.

Overwatering

A simple analogy. Standing under a light drizzle in your garden could feel refreshing. Getting caught in a heavy downpour accompanied with thunderstorm will leave you with a cold and possibly fever.

Same way plants love water, but they’d prefer not to drown in it.

We know it’s easy to think more water is better, and you may be right, but as we mentioned above, all plant have different watering needs. That’s not all, the needs can vary according to the time of the year, the weather and so on.

The best way out of this is to understand the moisture level of your plant. So once again, check your plant care instructions, or you could call up Google!

With excess water at the bottom of your plant’s container, you expose your plant to root rot…leading to the death of your plant.

Underwatering

You think too much water is bad? Not enough water is worse! Imagine your plants dying of thirst!

That’s a tragic way to go.

To ascertain if your plant needs water, you should try sticking your finger in the soil to see if it feels dry.  If you are lucky to have expressive plants like the peace lily, you don’t have to stick your fingers in the soil, the plant will tell you itself.

The leaves will droop when it is in need of a good watering. And once you do that? It will perk right back up once again!

Water your soil as instructed, but make sure it drains from the holes at the bottom of the pot.

Buy plants that do well indoors

Heard that phrase? We are not sure what it says exactly but the idea is if you take a fish from the water and expect it to win Olympics on dry land you are in for a rude shock.

What if your indoor plants are dying because they are not meant to be indoors?

What to look for when purchasing houseplants?

  • Look for plants that prefer indirect sunlight. They include Bromeliads, Dracena, Maidenhair Fern, Parlor Palm, Umbrella Papyrus, Mother-in-law’s Tongue (Snake Plant) and many more.
  • Get plants that do not require constant watering. Some of them are: slender cacti, Pothos, Ponytail Palm, snake plant etc

Try out some of these plants and hopefully you won’t give an excuse like “I forgot to water them” if your plants end up dead again.

Nor repotting your plants

If baby diapers and shoes and clothes continually increase in size, why should you assume your plants will continue to fit into the containers they were sold with?

Unlike babies though, you don’t have to change containers every month. Most plants outgrow their pot within one to two years.

So it’s important and easier for you to swap the small container for a larger one with the fresh soil.

How to know when it’s time to repot?

Your leaves may turn yellow! A sure sign your plants aren’t getting enough nutrients from the soil.

One thing to note: Never, repot when your plant is blooming. You might mean well, but you’d just be killing your plants…again

Ignoring Insects

No, they won’t just go away if you ignore them. They’ll stay around and infest your plants until they are dead!

Some of the most common but highly damaging insects for plants are spider mites, whiteflies and gnats.

To prevent them from attacking your plants, you should try removing weak plants, using spray and wiping down your leaves to keep them clean.

If you’ve got a bug problem, you need to identify which kind it is, and then research ways to eliminate them. Preferably naturally.

To note: Not all insects are harmful. Matter of fact, there are a few beneficial ones such as ladybugs.

Frying your plants

Absolutely. You read that correctly.

When you place your houseplant near a heat source – such as a heat duct or a stove or something related – you are guaranteed to fry it up in record time.

While it’s true that some indoor plants are tropical and can adapt to warm weather climates, exposing them to such kind of heat will quickly dry out foliage.

Most houseplants thrive, giving your home that ethereal ambience you crave, they just need you to try a little harder, and they won’t die off on you.

Did we leave anything out? Let us know in the comment section!