10 Helpful Tips For New Plant Parents
Congratulations on becoming a plant parent. It is a huge step to take. For months, maybe even years, you’ve been eyeing plant Pinterest boards, collecting macrame hanging plant holders, and imagining yourself waking up to the freshest H20 daily without ever leaving your apartment. Well, you’ve finally done it. Now here are some helpful tips on how to keep your plants alive.
Tip #1: Know Thy Self
If you’re forgetful, like constantly forget to take your birth control kind of forgetful, you might want to consider getting plants that don’t require a ton of watering–like succulents.
Tip #2: Know Thy Apartment
Is your space bright and sunny or shady and drafty? These things matter because plants like humans thrive in different environments.
Tip #3: Trim, Trim, Trim
Like you would exfoliate your skin to reveal brighter and healthier skin, it’s important that you trim dead leaves. Dead or unhealthy leaves can soak up the nutrients healthy leaves need to thrive.
Tip #4: Fertilize
All plants love extra nutrients in addition to water, kinda like vitamins for humans. Indoor plants especially love to be fertilized every couple of weeks.
Tip #5: Check For Pests
As a plant parent, pests specifically bugs, can become the bane of your existence. Sometimes, they’ll eat through your plants. If you begin to notice pests, take a trip to your local garden center, purchase some insecticidal soap and spray all the leaves. Then, wait two more weeks and spray again.
Tip #6: Thou Shalt Not Over Water
Just as it is important not to forget to water your plants, it is important not to overwater your plants. To know when your plant needs watering, do a finger check. Put one of your fingers in the soil to check if it is moist or dry.
Tip #7: Keep Your Plant Clean
It’s relatively easy to keep your plants clean, just wipe them with a clean cotton cloth.
Tip #8: A Little Humidity Goes A Long Way
Indoor plants like humidity. You can purchase a cheap humidifier on Amazon for less than $20. Bonus: humidity is good for your hair and skin as well.
Tip #9: Let Them Be In Winter
Your plants might not blossom as usual in winter, and that’s perfectly okay.
Tip #10: Keep The Temperature Regulated
Plants don’t love temperature swings, keep your plants in an atmosphere that’s between 65 and 75 degrees F.