Plant Care

Advice from the Grow-How® Team: The Beginner’s Guide to Houseplants

Woman placing a plant on a windowsill

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

Every plant is different. With time and experience, you will begin to recognize the needs of individual plants.

Some plant 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 potted plants need a bit more TLC. Certain plants such as tropical houseplants need regular misting to boost their humidity, some plants 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 the Grow-How® Team and we’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 we see new plant parents make is giving their plants too much water. A good rule of thumb for most plants is to water when 50% 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.

Watch this short video on how to water your plants correctly:

Tip 3: Choose the right spot

Choosing the right spot for your indoor plants begins with choosing the right plant for the light you have.

Some of the best indoor plants, like the Bamboo Palm, Monstera, or Philodendron Heartleaf are fairly low maintenance and can adapt and thrive in a myriad of light environments from low to bright, indirect light. Other plants, like the Hedgehog Aloe 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 and we can help you pick out the best plants for your space!

Tip 4: Be patient

Some plants take time to acclimate to their new environment. 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 us a picture and we’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, the Grow-How® Team is here to answer your questions and give you the encouragement you need to be the best plant parent you can be. So let’s chat about plants!