I love to garden -- both outdoors and indoors. I cannot begin to tell you, though, how many people tell me that they just cannot keep houseplants alive. I've tried to give them advice, which most seem reluctant to follow. Therefore, I have decided that if you are bound and determined to kill your houseplants, then you should do it right.
A good way to kill a houseplant rather quickly is to buy one that you probably do not have a prayer of growing, especially if you are a novice gardener. Choose an orchid, for example. I would also encourage you to spend $30 or more on a large Boston fern. It requires daily attention, which you probably won't give it. It should, therefore, die off fairly quickly. Avoid easy-to-grow plants like philodendrons and mother-in-law's tongues. They might live despite your best efforts.
Watering a plant improperly is probably the number one killer of houseplants. You actually have three choices. One, don't water at all. This will really make your plants unhappy. Two, over water. Drown your plants every day or two. Root rot will set in quickly, and you will be rid of your plant. Three, give your houseplant just a little water every day or two. You might not think that this will kill your houseplants, but just a little water every day causes root rot. The water accumulates in the soil, causing it to be too moist. Watering well about once a week and then allowing the top inch or so of the soil to dry out between waterings works best for keeping your houseplant healthy, but you don't want to do that if you're trying to kill it.
Some houseplants like a lot of light and some don't. Generally, however, sticking a houseplant in an area where it will get little or no light is a sure way to cause it to wither. By all means, make sure that it gets absolutely no natural light from a window. Don't turn any lights on around it either.
Especially in the winter months when homes are dry from the heat, houseplants suffer from a lack of humidity. Do not group them together where they can supply one another with humidity. Do not make any humidity trays. Do not mist. All of this will supply your plants with extra humidity, but you want to avoid giving them what they need. You are trying to kill them after all.
Any plant grown in a pot needs fertilizer, because they can not pull nutrients from the soil. Most will not thrive at all if they are denied nutrients. Not fertilizing your houseplants will take longer to kill them; however, when incorporated with the other four methods listed here, you can help to speed the process somewhat.
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I read this week that most plants die from overwatering than underwatering. Great tips!
I always seem to kill my house plants without even trying! lol
Yes, I need some gardening tips so these things don't keep happening to my house plants.
Nice list of ways to kill your houseplants.
Very funny list. Thanks!
Very funny list. Thanks!
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