Environmental Effects

Environmental Effects

A plant in a pot or small garden is dependent on you to provide some of the key elements for growth and its survival. Obviously you are now responsible for water requirements if your plants don’t have exposure to rain and natural humidity. But the other elements need to be supplied and maintained, things like nutrients and light.

Not all plants require the same level of care; some are very hardy and can stand a “I forgot to water the plants this week” episode. Others will die with the slightest draft. It’s important to know the plants you have and what their specific requirements are. 

Once you know what each of your plants need use the links above to learn about the individual plant requirements you will need to meet. 


Light is a crucial element for plant growth but too much can cause serious damage, learning to read a plants condition will tell you if you should be looking to move your house plant to a sunny window or move it back to the shadows.


Water is another vital element needed for plant growth but it to can cause more damage than it helps. Many home gardeners can tell when their favorite green friend needs water just by the look of its leaves and soil.


The water in the air surrounding a plant has a lot to do with its over all health and can be adjusted with some simple techniques. Learn the symptoms of humidity problems here.


Plants require food in the form of nutrients which they use to grow and fight infections. Potted and garden plant soil will become depleted of nutrients over time so its up to us to provide them with more. Luckily fertilizers are readily available to the home gardener to help take care of that.


Although most house plant species are remarkably hardy a few are susceptible to cold drafts or scorching from the sun if trapped between a curtain and a window. Recognizing the signs of temperature extremes can help save some of your house plant friends from certain doom.