5 Tips To Protect Your Indoor Plants From Pests

5 Tips To Protect Your Indoor Plants From Pests

Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal for our indoor plants.

As the days grow longer and the sun shines brighter, the energy in our homes and gardens feels palpable. The gentle rustling of new leaves and the sweet fragrance of blossoming flowers signal the arrival of a season full of promise and growth.

But with this new season comes new challenges, and plant pests are one of them. These tiny invaders can wreak havoc on even the healthiest of plants if left unchecked. That's why it's important to take action early and often to prevent pests from taking hold.

I once had a beautiful spider plant that was thriving in my sunny living room. But one day, I noticed tiny black flies hovering around its soil. Soon, the flies multiplied and started buzzing around my head every time I walked by. It turns out that I had unwittingly overwatered my plant, creating the perfect breeding ground for fungus gnats. I had to take drastic measures to save my beloved spider plant, but I learned an important lesson about the importance of vigilance when it comes to plant pests.

To help you prevent pests from taking over your indoor plants this season, here are some practical tips and tricks:

  • Increase your watering, but be mindful not to overwater. Larger, less frequent waterings will allow your plants to dry out, reducing your chances of root rot and pest infestations.
  • Clean your leaves regularly to increase their ability to photosynthesize. Use a cotton cloth in warm water, or mist your plants with a gentle cleaning solution for added self-care. A show is also a good option for many plants, but take care with gentle leaves. 
  • Protect your plants from pests by spraying your soil regularly with a support brew or soil conditioner. This will improve your plant's natural defenses and overall soil health.
  • Set sticky traps to catch adult pests from flying around your home. Our green traps blend into any plant whilst being scented for insects, making them irresistible and ideal for all plants.
    Prevent using sticky traps outdoors to protect beneficial bugs like bees and ladybugs.
    Adult Fungus Gnats can lay up to 100 to 150 eggs per week! 
  • Repot your plants to give them fresh nutrients or more space to grow. Spring is the best time to repot house plants. Remember to use a free-draining soil mixture and only use pots with drainage holes. 

And there you have it! By following these simple tips and tricks, you can protect your indoor plants from pests and help them thrive this season.