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When caring for indoor houseplants, it is helpful to have a basic knowledge of plant functions. This can aid in determining what is needed to help keep your house plants green, growing and gorgeous.

The root system is an important part, really the most important part, of the functioning of your indoor house plants. Unlike an exterior landscape plant, your potted plants rely on you to provide the correct amount of water to the root system.

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The leaves, stems and flowers are the most obvious parts of a plant. They are above the soil level and it is what we see when we look at a plant. I have been in the interior plant care industry for a few decades and have cared for and maintained thousands of interior plants in almost any kind of environment that you can imagine.

I know that the most important part of any plant is the root system, the part of a plant that is not so obvious to most people. The roots of an interior plant can be easily damaged by incorrect watering practices and over-fertilization.

Without a healthy and vigorous root system no plant will do well. Roots hold the plant in the soil and absorb the necessary water and nutrients through the root hairs that are located on the root tips. Plants help clean the atmosphere by filtering air through the soil. The roots exchange gases and also store carbohydrates for use by the plant when needed.

Most houseplants will not do well if the roots are kept at any extreme, wet or dry, for extended periods of time. So, as you care for your indoor plants, keep this in mind.

Constantly soggy soil reduces the amount of oxygen that gets to the roots. Eventually the roots will suffocate and the root hairs will wither and die. The plant can no longer absorb water via the roots and then the plant wilts. If a large portion of the roots are affected, your plant may die.

People often think the plant is wilting because it needs more water, so they add more water making the problem worse. It is very difficult to bring back a plant after it has suffered from overwatering. So check your plants potting media before you water.

Water thoroughly then allow the root system to dry down most of the way but not so much that the plant wilts. This will supply the oxygen that your plant's roots need to remain healthy and vigorous. A healthy root system means a healthier plant.

Under watering your plants can also damage the root hairs. Excess, soluble salts from fertilizers are more likely to 'burn' the root hairs when the potting media is allowed to become too dry. Or allowed to stay dry for long periods of time. This blocks the plants ability to absorb and use water from the soil.

Before you water always check the soil to be sure that your plant needs to be watered. Learning to water properly, at the correct interval, not too much and not too little will make all the difference in the world.

Just like anything else you do, learning to care for your interior plants properly takes a little bit of time and practice. Observation of your plant, trial and error, those are the things that will make you an expert at caring for your plants. There is no such thing as a "black thumb"!

Please see section on watering houseplants and lighting for your indoor plants as these are the two most important parts of indoor plant care for healthy, thriving plants!

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