- Overwatering is the most common cause for a dead plant.
- In general, tropical/foliage plants should be watered when the soil is almost dry. For succulents and cactus the soil should be fully dry before watering.
- You can tell the plant is dry when the soil begins to contract and pull inwards away from the edges of the planter.
- Watering should be reduced in winter when the plant is not actively growing.
Check our article about watering houseplants for more details.
- Place your plant near a window or an opening that receives at least five hours of indirect sunlight a day.
- Keep your houseplants out of the direct rays of the sun.
- Good air circulation helps keeps your plant free of fungus and disease.
- Keep your plants away from drafty windows, doors, and heat vents.
- Extreme temperature changes are not good for houseplants.
- Some plants are toxic if ingested, so keep these types of plants away from children and pets (Check pet-friendly plants).
- Give your plants a space to grow.
- Too much care can lead to overwatering.
- Place your plants where you will enjoy and not forget about them!
Generally, houseplants don’t like change. They can be cranky for a few days or even a few weeks after they arrive at your home, or after a move to a new location within your home. Give your plant some time and it will likely recover by itself if all other care requirements are being met.