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Five Tips for Healthier Houseplants
By Monica Resinger
http://homemakersjournal.com
 
If your houseplants are looking like they need a lift, here’s five tips that’
ll get them looking and feeling better in no time: 

1. If your plants have dusty leaves, give them a shower. I'm lucky enough to 
have a sprayer on my kitchen sink to do this with ease. If you don't have a 
sprayer, give them a shower in your shower or tub. Doing this will 
automatically 
improve the health of the plant and make it look a lot better. 

2. Cut off any dead or diseased foliage. This will help the plant put its' 
energy into its' health rather than repairing itself.  You will be amazed at 
the 
difference this makes. 

3. If you see roots growing through the holes in the bottom of the container, 
it's time to re-pot it. Simply pot the plant in the next size up container 
filling in the gaps with a good potting soil. 

4. One of the best tips I have ever learned about houseplants is about 
watering. It is very simple and following it makes sure you don't over- or 
under- 
water. To check if your plant needs watering, simply poke your finger into the 
top inch or so of potting soil. If you feel moisture, don't water. If you don't 
feel any moisture, water. 

5. Fertilize with a diluted fertilizer at each watering rather than what's 
recommended on the package. Use about 1/4 the amount of fertilizer that the 
directions call for. This will ensure that you are fertilizing enough. 

Follow these five tips and you'll be amazed at how healthy and vibrant your 
plants will look.

For many more gardening tips, check out The Homemaker's Journal Gardening 
E-book Package that includes these e-books:  The Outdoor Decor E-book, The 
Gardening Tips E-book, Garden Pests and Solutions, Getting to Know Mint.  For 
details, click here:  http://homemakersjournal.com/ebooklets.htm
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