Having a beautiful interior includes having healthy green plants. To do this, plant maintenance is essential. They must receive sufficient light, be placed in rooms where the temperature suits them and above all be properly hydrated. Bath, watering or misting which to choose? To find out, we asked Laura who works for Jardiland for advice.
Should all indoor plants be misted?
Yes ! All plants must be misted. Depending on the type of plants you have, the frequency changes. Some plants must be misted several times a week, these are bonsai, orchids, ficus, azaleas, yuccas, banana trees. In general, all exotic plants need misting.
Does misting have any benefits other than hydration?
Misting a plant is more than hydrating it. This action allows to dust the plants but also to rid them of mites and insects which could take up residence on your indoor plants.
Should we use tap water or a special product?
It is true that in garden centers you will find water for your plants. You have to be honest, it is not essential, just recommended if your tap water is very hard. You will also hear that you must mist your plants with mineral water. It is true that it is slightly better but the cost is not justified. On the other hand, if you can, conserve rainwater. It is the most natural and therefore the most suitable for the maintenance of your plants. And what's more, it's free.
Is it imperative to have a fogger?
Yes, it is a small investment but the fogger can water the plants by diffusing a multitude of small particles of water.
Should plants be sprayed all year round?
You must mist your plants all year round, but depending on the season, the frequency is not the same. For example, in the summer, you should mist several times a week. It is the same in winter when your heating is on. To find out if you should mist a plant, touch the ground. If the latter is dry, your plant must be hydrated.
Should you mist all parts of the plant?
No. You must mist the stems and leaves. If the leaves are large, do not hesitate to pass a damp cloth before misting to remove most of the dust. On the other hand, do not mist your flowers! You would dramatically shorten their lifespan. On the most fragile plants, it can even damage them. Do not mist the earth, water your plant or take a bath depending on the family of plants to which it belongs.
Any last advice?
Yes. When buying a houseplant, be sure to ask the florist or garden center for some maintenance tips. And when you mist a plant, keep a distance of 10 to 20 cm to better distribute the water.