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How to Groom Houseplants

House Plants adds color and freshness to your environment and Pruning plants isn’t just about shaping them. It is a procedure to ensure your plants stay healthy for a longer time and also it encourages new growth.

Follow below 3 steps to keep your plant healthy;

  1. Start with removing damaged leaves, limbs, flowers of the plant.
  2. Cutting and shaping overgrown branches and stems.
  3. Feeding plants with proper fertilizer and water.

Supplies Needed:

  • Hand pruners
  • Sharp scissors
  • Loppers
  • Shears
  • Handsaw
  • Overgrown mature plant

Step #1: Remove damaged leaves, limbs and flowers

  • Remove any yellowing or brown leaves, this helps focus growth on the healthy part of the plant.
  • Trim the dead flower.
  • Remove any fallen leaves or flowers in the soil, as they can attract pests and can create an environment for mold to thrive.
  • If you are removing leaves or flowers due to aging, lack of moisture or sunburn spot, dip blades in water as it will prevent from damaging any healthy tissues.
  • Cut the leaves that are entirely brown or yellow at the base.

Step #2: Cut and shape overgrown branches and stems

  • Prune the longest branch of the plant to third of their length. Trim off at 45 degree angle.
  • Cut down the stem that appears loose or strangling, falling off different areas of the plant.
  • Pinch of stem if you are having soft-stem plants like money plant, or any climbers and creepers.
  • Pinch just above the nodes(point where leaf is growing out of stem).

Remember you are pruning healthy branches and stems to promote even growth.

NOTE: Remember at max prune only 15-20% foliage of plants. Over pruning will make it difficult for the plant to grow back, so be selective while pruning.

If in doubt, wait for a few weeks to observe and make another further pruning.

Step #3: Feed Plant

  • Apply fertilizer to the plant after pruning. Proceed as instructed on fertilizer packaging. Do not over fertilize the plant as it may burn the plant.
  • Moist the plant foliage and wipe off any dirt and dust from the large leaves.
  • Water plant little bit more than usual. Just a little bit, do not overwater it.

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