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Simple Guide to Houseplant Care | Ask This Old House

In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada takes us to a local nursery to discuss houseplant care with Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist Jennifer Rolo.

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Jenn Nawada meets Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist Jennifer Rolo at a local nursery to discuss house plants and how to care for them. The two discuss some plants of varying needs as well as watering, drainage, soil, and more, helping plant owners simplify the burden of plant ownership.

They discuss plant selection, watering needs, and more to simplify caring for these plants.

Houseplants can be a huge investment in both time and money. This is why it’s so important to have a solid grasp of how to take care of them. Landscaping contractor Jenn Nawada and Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist Jennifer Rolo highlight some of the most important tips to simplify houseplant care.

Where to find it?
Jenn and Jennifer Rolo, the Greenhouse Director at Weston Nurseries [], offer up tips on caring for

5 Most Important Things to Help Your Plants Thrive

1. Select the right plant
A big part of growing houseplants in your home is getting to know the plants
that you have selected.
* Talk to the employees at your local greenhouse about maintenance levels.
* If you have a busy lifestyle, pick a low maintenance plant.
* Deciding what will work for you and your light conditions.

2. Watering
Knowing how to properly water houseplants is key. Do NOT overwater plants.
* Always be sure to check your soil before you water. Making sure that the soil is dry at least 50% of the way down is a good way to gauge whether your plant needs a drink.
* Be sure that you have proper drainage in your pot. Without having drainage in your pot, you are likely to overwater your plant, and put it at risk for root rot.

3.Choosing the right soil
* As a good general rule, Jenny tells customers to use a well-balanced all-purpose potting soil.

4. Fertilizer
Using an all-purpose indoor liquid food – it is generally safe to use on most foliage houseplants.
* Feed your plants once a month during the growing season months, April-September. This can be
reduced during the fall and winter months.

5. Knowing when to repot your plant
Repotting houseplants at the wrong time of the year or growing stage of their lives, or choosing the wrong size pot is a common mistake.
* Look for yellowing or dropping leaves.
* Check to see if the soil is retaining moisture or if it’s drying out too quickly. It is best to repot your
houseplants during the growing season. Spring-Fall, while they are actively growing.
* Choose a container size no more than 2” larger in diameter on each side of the plant.

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