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There are many problems that can affect a plant's growth and look, such as humidity, temperature (too hot or cold), lack of water, too much water and more. But the specific problems that can occur from poor water quality include yellow leaves between veins, browning of leaves and failure to bloom. Also, in general over time water toxins can take a toll on the plant. Other really sensitive plants are azaleas, camellias, and gardenias. Properly placing your plant is critical. For example, if you put a plant that prefers light, in the dark it will begin to lose its leaves in response to the low light conditions and eventually die. However, there are some houseplants that will thrive in low-light conditions and may not like extreme sunlight. This is why it is important to find out specifically what light conditions your plant prefers. A common problem is watering the plants too often which will cause wilting. Sometimes this makes plant owners water the plants even more because they do not know the root of the problem. Never water your plants without checking first to see if they need it. Water house plants on their schedule, not yours.

Before watering check for dryness:

  1. Stick your finger in the soil down to your first knuckle. If the soil is dry at your fingertip, your plants need water.
  2. If the pot is plastic, lift it up. Lightweight plants usually need to be watered.
  3. If you have a moisture meter, stick it in the soil and water if it registers at the beginning of dry.

Note that plants require less water in the winter months; you should allow your plants to rest and go dormant during this period.

It is not water alone, however, that makes plants grow to their full beauty and potential. Humidity, temperature, soil condition and light are also environmental issues to take into consideration when choosing which plants are right for your home or office. Some plants that are low maintenance are bamboo plants, bromeliads, cacti, dracaena species, and the snake plant. But, no matter what plant, purer water=greener plants.

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