At this time of year, most of us start thinking about what new plants to grow for the year. But if you are keen to make sure that you are providing your plants with the best possible care, there are many things that you might want to be aware of. The basics of looking after a plant are simple, on the face of it: water, light, fertilizer. However, there’s more to it than that, especially if you want to make it so that your plants have the best possible chance of growing strong and healthy. Let’s take a look at this in some detail.
Give Each Plant Just The Right Light
Although it can seem as though all plants need a lot of light, more advanced gardeners know that this is not entirely accurate. Actually, it’s truer to say that some plants need a lot of light, some need only partial shade, and some are best with very little light. You need to find out what each of your plants needs most of all, and then make sure that you are providing it. That might involve tree removal, repositioning smaller plants beneath larger ones, or even bringing some plants indoors.
Underwater Rather Than Overwater
It is tempting for the amateur gardener to think that plenty of water is the way to have healthier plants. But more often than not, it is actually preferable to provide your plants with slightly too little water rather than too much. In general, you should aim to give your plants one good water a week, perhaps more often if the weather is particularly hot. That should suffice, however, and you should not feel as though you need to water your garden every evening. Veer towards underwatering rather than overwatering, and your plants will grow stronger and be less likely to drown.
Manage The Soil’s pH Value
Something else that plants can get fussy about is the pH level of the soil, with some preferring acidic soil, some liking it a little more alkaline, and some preferring it somewhere in the middle. You should aim to manage the soil’s pH value as closely as possible, therefore. You can buy home testing kits for checking the soil, and then you can alter the pH by adding more loam or clay as required. This is a great way to radically boost your plant-growing skills and give your plants a better chance.
It is a good idea to feed your plants with fertilizer. However, you don’t want to overdo it, as it is possible to give your plants too many nutrients and minerals. Generally, it’s enough to just give your plants a monthly or even six-weekly dose of tomato feed or specialist fertilizer. Any more than that is probably not necessary, and could result in lost leaves and decayed fruit. Be sure not to overdo it, no matter how much it might seem like a good thing to do. If you can overcome that urge, you are going to find it really helps.