How to keep house plants alive

 Houseplants need careful attention, but if you look after them they could reward your investment with years of attractive, healthy growth.

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 Water
Don’t overwater (the commonest cause of houseplant death). It kills the roots, making plants collapse. Always let the surface of the compost dry out before watering and allow excess to drain away. Or water from below by standing plants in a bowl of water. Reduce \ watering to a minimum during winter. Mist regularly in dry conditions such as in centrally heated rooms.
 
Temperature
Provide stable conditions away from draughts. If necessary, move plants away from open fires, or from cold windows at night.
 
Light and air
Bright filtered light, not scorching direct sunlight, is ideal. Foliage plants are best suited to low light levels.
 
Food
Use a shop-bought liquid feed from spring through to autumn, while plants are growing actively.
 
 
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