1. Keep plants away from draughts, shelves above radiators or TVs, and back doors.

2. Drain excess water from trays or soak in the sink for an hour, then drain.

3. Feed in spring, summer and early autumn with a liquid or slow-release feed.

4. Increase indoor humidity - stand plants on gravel in a saucer with water or spray from time to time.

5. Plants with dark leaves tolerate shady positions better. Flowering plants need the most light.

6. Water plants less in winter. In summer put them outside.