Tips And Tricks To Keep Your Plants Green And Healthy

A garden makes our home look beautiful. Likewise, green and colourful plants make a garden look healthy and attractive. But sometimes, in spite of taking good care of them, plants might start to wither and die. So how can we prevent this from happening? How can we keep our plants in the pink of their health?

Well, before we answer that one, let’s take a minute to understand the reason behind why plants contract disease withering and stunting their growth. Plants lose their charm and get ill because of the disease triangle. It means they fall ill because of three main reasons – first, if they really get sick, second, if they are affected by a virus, bacteria or fungus, and third, because of climate change or inappropriate weather conditions.

So if we can save our plants from these three major issues, we can keep them happy and healthy. But one doesn’t have to wait for their plants to get sick. There are some tips and tricks that can keep the disease triangle (excluding the climate side) at bay.

1.   Things to be mindful of before you buy a sapling

It is not always that a plant gets damaged in your garden. Sometimes, the saplings we buy may not be good and are already affected by a disease. So, try to buy quality plants from a trusted shop. But again, how can one identify the good or bad roots of a plant? Well, there is no specific process to do that, but you can read up on it to know more.

Apart from this, you can consider these tricks - if a plant has some spots, insects or rotted stems on it then don’t take it home. Besides, you should also check the quality of the roots. To do that, simply touch the soil and insert your fingers gently in between the plant roots. If the roots are spread all over the root ball and are firm and white, then they are good enough to be a part of your garden, otherwise look for another option.

2.   Use yard compost

A composted yard waste is good for your new plants, but only if they are fully composted and free from insects and pathogens. So make sure that the compost you are using is decomposed in high temperature as it kills all the pathogens, and does not reintroduce any disease from the waste debris.

As all the waste materials (like flowers, stems, leaves, branches) in the garden take different time to get decomposed, you can collect them in an eco-euro container. Once the container is filled, put it in a warm place so the decomposition can take place in high temperature where the compost will be both insect and disease free.

3.   Select the right fertilizer

Applying fertiliser on plants is one of the important aspects of their growth. So you need to be very careful while applying it as excess use of fertilisers can make the soil absorb less water, and that will in turn burn the roots of healthy plants. On the contrary, using fertiliser stingily might not work and leave them underdeveloped.

Feeding plant without the proper knowledge of their nourishment and requirement is like shooting an arrow in the dark so seek expert advice and figure out the right way to do it.

4.   Watering your plants properly

It goes without saying that watering your plants is crucial for their healthy growth. But you need to be careful as most bacteria and diseases grow in water. You can use drip irrigation and soaker hoses. And, if you are manually watering the plants, then pour the water only on the roots and hold the leaves out of the way. Also make sure that you are pouring only the required amount of water – not too much, not too less. Excess watering can lead to root-rotting by encouraging fungus growth. On the other hand, insufficient watering can result in drying out of healthy plants.

So before you water your plants, find out the right way to do it.

Apart from these tricks, not crowding the plants is also essential for them to grow healthily. Now that you’ve got the basics covered, have fun gardening!

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