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How to Fertilize Your Houseplants

How to Fertilize Your Houseplants

Happy Indoor Plant Week! First established in 2007, Indoor Plant Week centers on promoting and increasing public awareness of the importance of live plants in interior spaces and in our lives.

In a recent survey, garden centers reported that their houseplant sales increased more than 15% over 2019’s numbers, and 66% of Americans have purchased at least one houseplant.

To celebrate Indoor Plant Week, we’re sharing care tips for three of our favorite houseplants. Here’s more information on how to fertilize your anthuriums, money trees and orchids.

How to fertilize anthuriums

Anthuriums are the world’s longest-blooming plants. They come in a variety of colors, including red, pink, orange and white. The best part is that they can be enjoyed year-round with proper care — and caring for them isn’t hard either!

To water, simply place 6 ice cubes on top of the soil once a week. If ice cubes aren’t available, use the equivalent of 1/2 cup of water. Make sure you let the soil dry out between watering.

Anthuriums need fertilizing when they begin to grow new leaves. Feed them once a month with a slow-release fertilizer diluted to 1/4 strength.

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How to fertilize money trees

Money trees are thought to bring good luck and prosperity to their owners, and while we aren’t sure if the rumors are true, they definitely add a rich beauty to any room. The best part is that they can be enjoyed year-round with proper care — and caring for them isn’t hard either!

To water, simply place 2 ice cubes on top of the soil once a week. If ice cubes aren’t available, use the equivalent of 3 tablespoons of water. Make sure you let the soil dry out between watering and that your pot has proper drainage.

Fertilize your money tree once in the spring and once in the fall with timed-release plant fertilizer. Make sure the soil in your pot is damp when applying the fertilizer.

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How to fertilize orchids

Orchids bloom no matter the season. They come in a variety of colors, including luxurious white, dazzling purple and lovely pink. The best part is that they rebloom year after year with proper care — and caring for them isn’t hard either!

To water, simply place 3 ice cubes on top of the soil once a week. If ice cubes aren’t available, use the equivalent of a quarter cup (¼) of water. Make sure you let the soil dry out between watering and that your pot has proper drainage.

Fertilize your orchid once a month when it’s resting (dormant and not blooming). Use fertilizer with equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium (20-20-20 on the label) found at your local garden store. Dilute with water to half-strength, and don’t water during fertilization weeks.

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Find the perfect houseplant for your lifestyle

Finding the perfect houseplant for your home depends on your lifestyle. Do you have time to take care of more high-maintenance plants? Do you prefer low-effort? Money trees, orchids and anthuriums are all easy to care for with our simple ice cube watering method. Shop our collection to participate in the joy of Indoor Plant Week and find the one that matches your decor today.

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