Becoming a plant parent is definitely exciting, and while there are responsibilities that come with owning a plant, make sure to relax, be patient, and take plant parenthood one step at a time! Keep in mind that having plants do not require as much attention or care compared to pets or humans, however it is really important to get to know your plant and really understand its needs. Consider low-maintenance plants while you are first learning how to care for houseplants! Easy plants to maintain include succulents, peace lilies, pothos, airplants, snake plants, ZZ plants, monsteras, and philodendrons.
Here are some general tips for new plant parents!
1. The first step is to actually purchase your new plant! When doing so, consider purchasing plants from local nurseries or garden centers where plant experts can assist you with any questions or help you may need. Where you purchase your plant from is really important since plants from local nurseries or gardens are typically healthier and better maintained than plants that are sold at warehouses or supermarkets, which are often kept in dark basements and thus, lacking proper care.
2. Decide what type of plant you want to purchase. There are many factors to consider when selecting the plant type. Make sure to select plants that are best fit for your lifestyle and your space. For example, if you have pets at home, make sure the plant is not toxic to pets. In addition, if you travel often, you may want to consider low-maintenance plants like succulents, ZZ plants, snake plants, airplants, and pothos, which require little care. Also consider the space you have available for plants in order to select plants that are not too large and can fit comfortably with room to grow in a certain spot of your home.
3. Another important factor when selecting a new plant is to make sure the plant looks healthy. Do not buy plants that have discolored leaves, browning leaf tips, roots bulging from the container, or pests. Rather search for plants that are showing buds or new lead growth.
4. After buying and bringing your new houseplant baby home, it is okay to keep it in the plastic container you purchased it in until the plant outgrows it. However, if your plant seems to be outgrowing the plastic container, repot the plant in a new pot that is a few inches larger than the plastic container size in order to provide the plant with space for growth.
5. Pay attention and listen to your plant when caring for it. Since every plant is different, get to know your plant to learn about its needs. Learn about your plants water, sunlight, humidity, and temperature requirements.
Basic Care Tips
As a new plant parent, keep in mind that it is really important to avoid overwatering your plants. An easy way to tell if your plant needs watering is to stick your finger about 1-2 inches deep in the soil. If the soil is completely dry, then water, but if it is still damp from the last time you watered, let the soil dry fully before watering again. Further, place your plant in a space best for its light needs - place sun-loving plants near windows, while shade-tolerant plants can be placed in low light or even darker spaces. Be patient and give your plants time to acclimate to their new environment!
Make plant care a consistent part of your weekly routine!