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Watering and Fertilizing Houseplants

Houseplants add color and warmth to your home, and if you choose the right plants, they can be easy to care for.

How you water and fertilize your house plants depends on a lot of factors, including the container type and plant species. With most plants, it’s best to let the upper inch of soil dry between waterings.

When your plant does need water, make sure to water it thoroughly. Apply room-temperature water until it runs out of the bottom of the pot. Be sure not to let the pot stand in water.

Most indoor plants grow fairly slowly, so they won’t require much fertilizer. Fertilize them every few months with a complete fertilizer. You can buy it in many forms—just follow the label instructions.

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