Advice from Plant Mom: Beginner’s Guide to Houseplants

PLANT CARE

Advice from Plant Mom: The Beginner’s Guide to Houseplants

You can become a confident and accomplished plant parent with these key tips for new plant owners.

First, take a deep breath and relax. Owning plants should be relaxing and fun.  Most new plant owners think plant care is complicated, time-consuming, or, that it has more to do with luck than with skill. None of this is true. Plant care does require consistency, basic knowledge of your plant’s specific needs, and patience.

TIP 1: GET TO KNOW YOUR PLANT

Some varieties require very little attention and don’t need to be fussed over. Just let them be and enjoy the positive effects they have on your home.

Other plants need a bit more TLC. Certain plants need regular misting to boost their humidity, some are sensitive to common salts and chemicals in tap water, and others need the moisture in their soil to be just so. Read the care card included with your plant and if you’re still unsure, reach out to me and I’ll help you get to know your new plant better.

TIP 2: DON’T OVERWATER YOUR PLANT

The most important thing to remember is DON’T OVERWATER your plant. As you read through the care card information for your specific plant, pay close attention to the watering instructions. One of the most common mistakes I see new plant parents make is giving their plants too much water. A good rule of thumb for most plants is to water when the top 1-2 inches of soil is dry (use your finger to test the soil). Plants do not like to sit in soggy soil, so make sure you are dumping out the excess water from the saucer after watering too. Watch this video on how to water your plant correctly.

TIP 3: CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPOT

Choosing the right spot for your new plant begins with choosing the right plant for the light you have. Some plants, like the Orbifolia Plant, Monstera, or Pothos are fairly low maintenance and can adapt and thrive in a myriad of light environments from low to bright, indirect light. Other plants need bright light for a large part of the day to thrive. Some, can adapt to and even prefer low light, darker areas. If you need help figuring out what type of light you have and what plants will do well in that spot, chat with our team, or email me and I’ll help you pick out the best plants for your space!

TIP 4: BE PATIENT

Some plants take time to acclimate to new environments. If a few leaves drop off in the first couple of weeks, don’t panic! Most likely, this is perfectly normal and is just a sign of your plant adjusting to its new home. If you’re concerned, don’t hesitate to send me a pic and I’ll let you know if it’s something more serious.

TIP 5: ASK FOR HELP

No matter what your question is or what kind of plant you have, I am here to answer your questions and give you the encouragement you need to be best plant parent you can be. I want to share my love and knowledge of plants with you. So let’s chat about plants!