questions from a beginner
I have some questions about some of my house plants. I'm new to collecting house plants, I've only discovered my love of them about three months ago and it's turned into an addiction as I've already have about 50 plants lol. And I have been searching on here alot to find answers before asking and either couldn't find them or I'm still confused about some things.
First question is about soil, I'm hearing that buying plant soil already mixed isn't good, so when I get ready to repot some of my plants this spring, what kind of dirt/soils should I buy to mix and make my own?
I have no south facing windows in my apartment, I have east and west windows in my living room, so I have been using artificial plant lights, how long should succulents be getting light and how close should the light be to them? And what about plants that need alot of light like my chenille, goldfish, purple velvet plant, and wandering jew? It's really cloudy here lately and it's been snowing, so I feel like my plants are not getting enough natural light.
Also, I went out and bought a hindu rope plant, it's my most favorite of all my plants, and it was very expensive cause I could only find one place that carried it and I was willing to pay the high price for it. Exactly how should I be taking care of it? I keep finding different answers for this one. Some people say to keep it on the dry side, some say it likes to be moist and should never get dry, I'm very confused about it....
Also my string of bananas plant is acting funny. It was doing great when I first got it. I have it in my west facing window and watered it like my other succulents, which is barely at all right now. But now suddenly the little banana things are withering up on the top, but the lower ones are perfectly fine...is this normal? I took several cuttings and planted them in case the main plant decides to give up on me, so I'll still have some. I gave it a small drink cause I thought maybe it was too dry, but it's still acting the same.
Well that's about it for right now, I have more questions but these are the most important that I cant find clear answers on. Thank you for reading. And please forgive me if these questions have been asked a million times before, I just cant find them.