Debunking Houseplant Myths
A lot of houseplant care guides exist on social media but certain tips can cause plants varying degrees of harm.
Myth: all houseplants need to be watered at least once a week.
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Reality: Plants have individual needs, some need water every week but others only a few times a month. This is also affected by pot size and location.
Myth: adding rocks to the bottom of a pot helps drainage.
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Reality: Water sinks to the lowest point of soil. Adding rocks makes roots have less space and brings the wet soil layer up higher.
Misting leaves improves humidity for the plant.
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Reality: Misting only improves humidity for a couple minutes before the water droplets dissipate. But it can encourage mold in soil.
Mayo or milk is a good medium for shining leaves.
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Reality: dairy will leave residue on leaves, clogging plants pores so they can't breath while also attracting bugs. Clean plants with a damp cloth.
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