Generally most indoor plants will be happy with the temperature range in the average UK home (18-20°C). Just be sure to keep your plants away from heat sources such as radiators and fireplaces, and from draughty positions such as near doors, hallways and single-glazed windows.
The average humidity in peoples homes is around 40-50%, this is on the low side for plants which tend to need humidity levels of at least 60% in order to thrive. Tropical plants are used to humidity levels as high as 70-80% in their native rainforests.
So most indoor plants will appreciate some extra humidity.
There are 5 good ways to increase humidity for your plants:
1) Group your plants together and that will boost humidity
2) Mist your plants regularly
3) Set your plants on a tray of pebbles
4) Consider using a humidifier
5) Put your plants in bathrooms or kitchens were humidity tends to be higher
The amount of water your plant needs will depend on its variety and size. In general we always recommend assessing your plant's soil before watering.
When you water your plants we recommend giving them a thorough watering and then letting them drain for a few hours before putting back into a decorative pot.
Our top advice for working out how often to water your plants is to follow the finger-dip test. Simple put your index finger into the soil up until your second knuckle. Remove your finger, and if your finger is dry and no soil is sticking to it, then you should water your plant. If soil sticks to your finger this shows that the soil is already moist enough.
Overall the best approach is to wait for the top of the soil to dry out in between waterings, although some plants prefer to have the soil always moist (but not wet) and some desert plants prefer dry soil. We have specific instructions for each plant on its product page.
There are three main methods to water your plants:
1) From above using a watering can - aim to water evenly around the soil and water until the water drains through the soil (and water comes out of the bottom)
2) From below, this is a particularly good method when you want to avoid the risk of damaging plant leaves by soaking them (relevant for succulents and cacti)
3) Dip and drain, dip your plant in it's plastic nursery pot into water and then leave it to drain
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