The 6 most common reasons your houseplant isn't growing

Why is my plant not growing?

Different plants require different levels of sunlight, water, and soil in order to grow.

If you do not know what kind of plant it is, or what its specific needs are, then you cannot properly care for it.

Is my plant rootbound?

A pot that is too small will restrict a plant's growth, while a pot that is too large will allow the plant to become waterlogged.

You'll know if your plant is rootbound when its roots are starting to circle the bottom of your pot.

Am I using the right soil for my plant?

A soil that does not have enough nutrients or that is too acidic or alkaline will prevent a plant from growing properly.

You'll need a soil that helps to keep your plant at the right moisture levels.

Do I need to fertilize a plant to see new growth?

A plant that is not receiving enough nutrients will not grow as tall or produce as many flowers or fruit as it should.

When you fertilize your plant, you give it the much needed energy to start growing new leaves.

What kind of light do houseplants need?

Houseplants need bright light, but not direct sunlight which can be too strong.

A spot near a window with lots of indirect light is usually best.

How much should I water my houseplants?

You should water when the soil feels dry about an inch below the surface.

Check it with your finger or a stick to make sure that you don't water too much or too little!.

What temperature should I keep my houseplants in?

It's good for your plants to stay warm, but not too hot or cold! Somewhere between 65°F and 85°F (18°C-29°C) is usually just right for most plants.

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