Marianne CannonIndoor plant care

Indoor plants are very much in vogue. But it’s important to look after them. Here are some top tips to keeping your indoor plants looking good.


Indoor plants are popular. Image Real World Gardener


I’m talking with Steve Falcioni, General Manager of EcoOrganic Garden 

Top up the potting mix. After 2-3 years, potting mix becomes compacted and shrinks several cms. Old potting mix needs replacing after a while because of this “slumping” and also it becomes acidic over time.

Check if the soil has become hydrophobic.
Scratch the surface after you’ve initially watered to see if it has actually penetrated. If not, apply a soil wetting agent.

Indoor plants look good. Image, Real World Gardener

Check for pests or diseases: If you have any indoor plant problems is important to first diagnose what is exactly happening with the plant.
Is it just the soil, or is it something that needs spraying.
Because your plants are indoors I would recommend using organic sprays

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Marianne Cannon

About Marianne Cannon

Marianne Cannon has been broadcasting as Real World Gardener on radio 2RRR 88.5fm in Sydney, since September 2009, and the program is now syndicated to radio stations around Australia. It's about growing your own, the abc of plants, and how to create sustainable gardens to fit into today's environment. Not just a show about plants; it has a strong green and ecological bent, with co-presenters addressing issues such as native animals and plants, water conservation, composting, reducing waste, protecting native species and more.

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