Cassidy used to think she had a brown thumb until she started to implement these tips. Now she discovered her green thumb! And you can too. Just remember to:
Start small. Stick with one type of plant or plants that act similarly in the beginning.
This makes learning how to care for your plants a lot simpler.
Consider your environment. Only bring home plants with needs that will do well in your home. Do you live in an apartment with little natural light? If so, tropical plants in need of a lot of bright sunlight, will not do well in your space. Opt for plants that will be low maintenance in your home.
Good beginner plants:
- ZZ Plant
- Snake Plant
- Spider Plant
- Aloe Vera
- Palms (there are a lot of varieties, so research first)
Don't repot right away. When you purchase a plant, they're generally coming from the cushy conditions of a nursery. It'll go through a bit of a shock coming into your home, which for them is a whole new environment. Let them ease into their new environment by leaving them in their nursery pot for a little while. You can sit it inside a cover pot so it'll look more cohesive with your space.
Don't over water. The detriment of most plants is being over watered. We're so eager to watch them grow and thrive that we can unknowingly suffocate them. Before watering most plants, stick your finger in the soil up to your second knuckle. If the soil down there is still moist, hold off on watering just yet. If it's dry however, its time for a thorough drink! (This varies from plant to plant, so always research your specific plant first to know the best way to care for it.)
QUESTIONS FROM INSTAGRAM:
"Indirect light is straight confusing..."
Basically, indirect light means that the plant receives bright light, but the sunlight doesn't fall directly on the foliage. So depending on where your light source is coming from, that might mean keep it away from right in front of the window.
"What are some plants that can live in water?"
Many plants can live in water! (For at least some degree of time.) Pothos, rubber plants, and philodendrons to name a few.
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