First, make sure that the plant you want to grow in your home can survive in the house environment. Natural Georgia plants are used to the high levels of humidity easily available outside. Throughout the summertime, a swamp cooler/AC unit will often dry out the air, decreasing the plant’s access to water. If you pick a plant that can’t handle that kind of change, you’re better off planting it outside or not at all.

Indoor PlantAnother problem you might run into is the plant needing a lot of space to grow outward. Just as you would never want to grow a tree in a pot, you won’t want to grow a big plant in one either.

Pick a plant that can survive indoors and that will comfortably live inside a pot. Otherwise you’ll soon be questioning your plant growing skills when it’s not your fault that it’s dying.

Second, give the plant ready access to a lot of light. This can sometimes mean moving the plant from the eastern windows to the west as the sun crosses the sky. Some plants need more light than others and could require that kind of attention to survive well. Others will be less picky, meaning that you can usually find a western facing window to catch the direct sun in the latter half of the day.

Third, avoid overwatering and under watering. Just as it’s dangerous to under water your plants, overwatering can kill them too. Imagine being forced to drink gallon after gallon of water in just a few hours. You’re liable to explode. So too are your plants.

Four, learn to identify what pests look like and do to your plant. Even indoors, pests can find their way to your plants. Learn to identify and deal with them as they come along.

If you follow these four steps, you’ll find yourself with a beautiful, healthy plant throughout the year. If you neglect these important steps, you’ll soon find yourself with a depressed looking plant staving for help. Choose the healthy side and enjoy watching your indoor plant mature to full adulthood.

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