Provide consistent water
Most plants like having their roots consistently moist while others prefer to dry out a bit between waterings. Be sure to check the care label or consult a good indoor plant book to help you determine the right watering routine.
Keep temperature constant
Avoid placing plants in troublesome spots where temperatures fluctuate. Instead, locate them away from heating and air conditioning ducts, radiators and chilly windows. Also remember that heating systems can dry out the air in winter, so provide your plants a little extra humidity with a pebble tray and some misting.
Offer adequate light
Take note of the type of light your space offers to determine the types of plants to invite in. Plants that prefer bright light will thrive in south-facing windows while north-, east- and west-facing windows offer moderate sun perfect for plants that like less light.
Use the right soil
Your potting soil should be tailored to the particular type of plant you’re growing. Cacti, succulents and rosemary, for example, prefer coarse, well-drained soil. But the most critical consideration when you’re purchasing or blending your own potting soil is to ensure that the mix is light enough to provide adequate pore space for air, water and healthy root growth.