Houseplants have become increasingly popular in recent years, as more and more people realize the benefits of having greenery in their homes. However, despite their popularity, there are still many misconceptions and mistakes that people make when it comes to caring for houseplants. In this blog post, we will explore some of the most common houseplant mistakes and myths, and provide tips on how to avoid them.


Myth #1: More sunlight is better for all houseplants

Many people believe that the more sunlight a houseplant receives, the better it will grow. However, this is not always the case. While some plants thrive in bright, direct sunlight, others prefer lower light levels. It is important to research the specific needs of each plant you have and make sure they are placed in a location that meets those needs. For example, succulents and cacti love bright, direct sunlight, while ferns and African violets prefer indirect or filtered light. My go to if im unsure is always bright indirect light.

What is bright indirect light? Read more here.

Myth #2: Fertilizer is not necessary for houseplants

Many people believe that houseplants do not need fertilizer because they are not growing in the wild. However, this is not true. Houseplants still need nutrients to thrive, and fertilizer can provide those nutrients. Make sure to use a balanced fertilizer and follow the instructions on the package for the correct amount and frequency of application.

Myth #3: Pests are a sign of poor plant care

Many people believe that pests on a houseplant are a sign of poor plant care. However, this is not always the case. Pests can infest any plant, regardless of how well it is cared for. It is important to regularly check your plants for pests and take action immediately if any are found. Common houseplant pests include spider mites, fungus gnats, thrips, and mealybugs.

Myth #4: All houseplants are low maintenance

Another common misconception about houseplants is that they are all low maintenance. While some plants, such as cacti and succulents, are relatively low maintenance, most houseplants do require regular care and attention. This includes watering, fertilizing, and pruning. To ensure your houseplants are healthy and happy, be sure to research the specific care requirements of each plant before you bring it home.

Myth #5: All houseplants are toxic

Another common misconception about houseplants is that they are all toxic. While some houseplants are indeed toxic and should be kept away from pets and children, most houseplants are safe. In fact, many houseplants, such as spider plants, snake plants, and peace lilies, are known to purify the air and improve indoor air quality. Before bringing a new plant home, research its toxic potential, and always keep any toxic plants out of reach of children and pets.

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Common Mistakes

Mistake #1: Overwatering

One of the most common mistakes people make when caring for houseplants is overwatering. While it may seem like a good idea to give your plants as much water as they can handle, this can actually be harmful to the plant. Overwatering can lead to root rot and mold, which can kill your plant. To avoid this mistake, make sure to check the soil moisture levels before watering and only water when the soil is dry to the touch. A plant moisture meter is extremely helpful. Something to remember is, it does not matter how much water you give your plant, it matters how often. Letting your houseplants dry out in-between waterings is key.

Mistake #2: Not repotting when necessary

Another common mistake people make is not repotting their houseplants when necessary. As plants grow, they will outgrow their current pots and will need to be repotted into a larger container. Not repotting can lead to a lack of space for the roots to grow and can stunt the growth of the plant. Make sure to check the roots of your plants regularly and repot them when they start to become cramped. Check out our Repotting Guide for tips!

Mistake #3: Not providing the right environment

Another common mistake people make when caring for houseplants is not providing the right environment. For example, some plants require high humidity, while others prefer dry air. Some plants need to be kept in a warm room, while others prefer cooler temperatures. To ensure your houseplants are getting the right environment, research the specific needs of each plant, and make sure to provide the right conditions for each one.

Mistake #4: Not pruning or grooming

Many people forget to prune or groom their plants, which can lead to overgrowth and a lack of blooms. Regularly trimming dead leaves and flowers can help encourage new growth and keep your plant looking healthy. Make sure to clean your pruning shears in between each plant.


In conclusion, houseplants can bring a lot of joy and beauty to any home, but it is important to make sure they are properly cared for. By avoiding common mistakes and myths, you can ensure that your plants thrive and bring you many years of enjoyment. Remember to research the specific needs of each plant, avoid overwatering, use fertilizer, repot when necessary, and check for pests regularly. With the right care, your houseplants will be a beautiful and healthy addition to your home.
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