1. OVER-WATERING

Over-watering is the number one house plant mistake people make

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2. UNDER-WATERING

Some people go to the other extreme and don't water their plants at all, most plants need regular watering to survive

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3. NOT GIVING YOUR PLANTS ENOUGH LIGHT

houseplant enthusiasts should 'make sure plants have sufficient light for their needs, whether from the sun or an artificial light source

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4. PLACING HOUSEPLANTS IN DIRECT LIGHT

most plants people use as house plants come from tropical rainforests where they are shielded from harsh direct sun by dense tree, will kill your calatheas, rubber plants, and many other plants not adapted to direct light

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5. REPOTTING TOO OFTEN

As a general rule, repot your houseplants every couple of years until they've reached maturity. Once they've reached their full size, just keep them in the biggest pot

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6. NEVER REPOTTING

Soil has a limited supply of nutrients and once your houseplant has worked through it, it will need fresh soil. 

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7. WATERING WITH TAP WATER

Not many houseplant owners know this, but watering houseplants with tap water is often a bad idea. residues found in tap water, may some house plants suffer from the chemical imbalance that creates in the soil.

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8. INCORRECT WATERING TECHNIQUE FOR THE PLANT TYPE

While it is true that most houseplants just need watering from the top with a watering can, some have more complex watering requirements

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9. NOT USING FERTILIZER 

'if you would like to see a new leaf, make sure to feed your plants properly. Compost(opens in new tab) is a great organic amendment to use as a top dress on your plants.'

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10. NOT CLEANING YOUR PLANTS

Did you know that, just like humans, houseplants enjoy a wash? some houseplants will enjoy being stood in your shower (in cool water, of course, not hot). 

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