tips to take care of plants in storage as a landscaper
Keeping plants in storage is usually one of the most common methods of planting in your house. However, as the storage facility is an enclosed space with little or almost no sunlight passing through, there are certain disadvantages of keeping plants in storage. Nonetheless, if you still choose to keep them, then we may have a few tips for you that can help you with improving your plants.
As a landscaper, you must be familiarized with outdoor gardening and all, but indoor gardening could be a new concept for you. Here’s what you must know about indoor gardening and how you can make sure your plants are in top condition in storage.
problems you may face by keeping plants in storage
Well, there are various issues you may encounter by keeping the plants indoors as they are made to be planted outside. You would have to put in extra efforts than usual to make sure that your plants grow well and do not die.
Furthermore, their growth can also not be as good as those plants that are kept outdoors. However, here’s a rundown of all the possible issues that you might come across.
insects and pests
Planting plants in a storage facility might lead to the growth of insects and pests in your house that may be hard to get rid of completely.
lack of sunlight
Plants need sunlight to make their food. It is a fact. However, by keeping them indoors, they will receive insufficient or no sunlight as it might not be able to pass through storage areas. Hence, their growth may suffer, and they may wilt or develop a yellowish color due to the lack of food.
fungal and bacterial infections
The unavailability of sunlight can also cause the growth of fungal and bacterial infections on the surface of the leaves and on the soil. This can even spread to other parts of your house, if not taken care of properly.
lack of humidity
Plants need a humid condition to survive. In winters, the overall humidity of the weather drops low. This will have an adverse impact on the growth of your plants, and they can wilt because of the dryness.
Indoor plants need to be kept a strict weekly check on. If you plan to be gone from your house for more than a week, your storage plants might wilt and die. Thus, you have to arrange proper arrangements for them to survive.
In addition, there is a certain temperature at which plants carry out photosynthesis to make their food. If the temperature drops unfavorably low or high, the process of food-making stops as the enzymes denature. Hence, no food will be made, and plants will die.
overcoming these problems and other tips
Reading these issues, there’s no need to worry! You can get rid of the problems mentioned above and start planting without a worry in your storage facility.
For pest control, you can regularly spray pesticides in your storage area to reduce insect growth. This can also help to prevent the growth of bacteria and fungus on your plant, keeping their gorgeous looks intact.
provide sufficient light
Keep your storage area well-lit at all times to make sure that the plants can absorb enough light to make their food. You need to know which plant will require what amount of light. Some may require partial light, while others may require full light. Thus, you should make a set-up accordingly with their requirements in mind.
Indoor plants are not able to absorb water from the ground. As a result, you need to water them daily because if you do not, the plants may start to dry, and will die eventually. Regularly check their water needs and do not add too much water as it will cause the roots to rot.
Moreover, provide them deep watering at least once in a month. For this, you can place them in your sink and allow the water to flow through the plant. As a result, you’ll be able to avoid the building up of salt patches on the surface.
Every few weeks, you need to fertilize your plant properly. Since the organic substances do not occur naturally in indoor plants, you have to add them artificially through fertilizers. Spray the fertilizer on top of the plant, so that it can rightly reach every other part.
provide a suitable temperature
When you are keeping your plants in storage, you have to make sure that the temperature inside is sustainable for the plants to survive. You need to add a temperature control system, and rightly fix the temperature according to the weather conditions outside.
In a storage space, there may be air vents and all. Therefore, place your plants away from these vents. Also, clean the dust regularly from the surface of your plants as it will snatch the natural appeal of the plant. You can either wash them with water or wipe away the dust with a piece of clean cloth.
remove the dead flowers
When a flower dies in your plant, you must cut them off. This will enable the growth of a new flower in the plant.
Planting is no easy chore, although it might appear like it. It’s not only about providing it with sufficient sunlight and water on a regular basis. It involves much more care than that, particularly if you are a landscaper and have decided to grow your plants in storage to save space. You will come across several problems; however, there’s an easy fix for each, making it possible to keep the plants happy, healthy, and thriving in storage.
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