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How to groom your houseplants

Katie Mather
·2-min read
How to groom your houseplants

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Grooming houseplants doesn’t have to be complicated! Whether your plant needs a haircut or a simple dusting off, Christopher Griffin has got everything you need to tidy up your foliage.

“Just like you need a haircut, our green girls need a haircut as well,” they said in the fourth episode of In The Know’s Plant Week.

In this episode, Griffin demonstrated how to tiny up some foliage by welcoming “tropical queen” Philodendron Brasil to the botanical stage.

Griffin mentioned in a previous episode that yellowing or browning plant leaves can lead to pests. They reemphasized that point again, nothing that you should start by gently looking through your leaves to make sure there aren’t any discolored ones hidden anywhere.

Should you find a yellowing or browning leaf, use plant shears to snip it off the plant.

“The next little tool that’s really good to make sure your green girls are serving those lush looks is a duster,” they added. “Just wipe some of her leaves off, making sure that there’s no dust collecting on her leaves.” 

Another tip is to try closely mimicking the natural habitat of your plants.

“So, we have a little plant stake,” Griffin said. “This is going to mimic a tree or a branch that this queen can latch onto.”

Finally, Griffin mentioned that propagation — plant reproduction — is super important for keeping your plants happy and thriving.

“Propagation is one of my favorite little activities and it’s a wonderful way to make sure that you’re not throwing away any extra vines that you may be pruning to make sure your green girl is growing in all the lush ways,” they said. 

Plants have points on their stems called plant nodes which will turn into a root system when you propagate them. The plant node is important to identify, because that’s what you’ll want to submerge in water.

Using mason jars filled with water, Griffin demonstrated how to propagate vines from their Philodendron Brasil plant.

“Give her a couple of weeks, you’ll begin to see some roots growing,” they added. “After the roots have grown, you can put her in some soil.”

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