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How to keep your houseplants alive!

From knowing when and how much to water them, to keeping their leaves clean and looking fresh - our houseplants can sometimes be more hassle than they're worth! Plus, the summer months can make looking after them even harder. Luckily, our gardening guru Michael Perry is here with his guide to keeping our houseplants happy all year round. 

Michael's house plant care tips:

Watering: In general, houseplants potting soil should be kept moist, but not wet. They normally need watering once or twice a week in the spring and summer, but less in the autumn and winter. Depending on the type of houseplant, this is not always the case.

Feeding: Feed during summer, while in active growth. Less in winter.

Repotting: It's really important to re-pot your plants as they get bigger, in order to accommodate their roots and give them room to grow.

Reviving a sad plant: Don't be afraid to remove yellow leaves, if a plant is overwatered, you can help it dry out by adding something to soak up the moisture, such as a nappy. 

Cleaning the leaves: We often focus too much on keeping house plants watered (via the roots) but neglect the beautiful leaves themselves. Keeping the leaves clean is essential for photosynthesis to take place, which allows the plants to survive and thrive.

Watch out for fungus!: Fungus GNATS can occur and cause havoc when house plants are growing indoors, especially if they have been overwatered. 

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