In a previous blog we talked about what we learn from plants and how plants can relate to our own self care, but there are ways we can care for plants and create plant's self care. Plants require a decent amount of care, depending on the type of plant, and this care is what helps them feel good, thrive, and stay strong and healthy! Here is a list of ways we care for plants & how plants can help care for themselves:
Dust your Plants: By cleaning your plant’s leaves, this helps them to photosynthesize and thrive. Plant’s leaves can collect dust over a period of time, and it is pretty simple to wipe them down. All you have to do is take a wet towel and wipe each individual plant gently.
Photosynthesis is how plants practice ‘self’ care for themselves. Photosynthesis happens when plants get enough light, and by dusting plant’s leaves this allows the plants to collect more sunlight. Plants go through photosynthesis in order to convert light, oxygen, and water into carbohydrates, which then gives the plants energy. This energy is what allows plants to grow, bloom, and even reproduce.
Give your plants adequate light: By giving your plants enough light, they will be able to grow stronger, but remember that not all plants like direct sunlight or they will start to burn. Like caring for yourself when going into the sun, care for your plants as well, but instead of putting sunscreen on your plants, just move them to a spot where the light won’t directly hit the leaves.
4. Save water, shower with your plants: Yes, plants need showers too. Showers help to water and clean your plants, and they also help to strengthen the stems of your plants especially if they’re tropical plants. Showers remind your tropical plants of their
origins and mimics their natural ecosystems. Plants in a bathroom also receive extra humidity while you shower which helps them thrive!
5. Plants get hungry too: Just like humans, plants need to eat, you don’t want them to
get hangry. Not actually, but plants’ soil loses nutrients over time, so by feeding your plants this allows the plants to gain back those nutrients, similar to when you take vitamins to strengthen your bones and stay healthy! Fertilizer should be used to help plants grow, bloom, and strengthen, but remember not to fertilize during the winter months when your plants are dormant.
6. Plants need the occasional haircut: Pruning your plants helps your plants to stay healthy and give all its energy to the leaves that are still growing. If you leave brown or yellowing leaves on your plant then the plant will continue to try to give its energy to those leaves instead of the alive and healthy ones that need the energy. Pruning also helps some plants maintain a certain shape to make them more aesthetically pleasing.
7. Some plants will even ‘prune’ themselves by shedding their lower leaves. This typically happens when there is new growth, and it is usually ok and does not mean that your plant is dying.
8. Give your plant a facial: Don’t actually do this, but similar to using a steamer to clean your face and pores to add moisture back into your skin, plants need this too. Plants need humidity to keep moisture in their leaves and to keep them healthy, especially tropical plants. Similar to how our skin tells us when it needs moisture, such as in the winter, plants will show signs, like crispy edges or browning tips, indicating that your plant needs more humidity.
9. Sometimes it is good for our mental health and well being to spend time with others, and plants can be the same. When placing plants with similar needs near each other, this can help them thrive and also gain extra humidity from each other.
10. Just like how we like to change our outfits or get new ones after we outgrow our clothes or get sick of them, plants may need new ‘outfits’ too. By this, I mean that plants like to be repotted after they outgrow their pots. Just like how it is uncomfortable for us to squeeze into a pair of jeans that are too small for us now, plants may feel the same way, and this could even kill them!
There are many ways that plant care is self care for both us and our plants. There are a lot of similarities between how we take care of ourselves, how we take care of our plants, and how they practice their own self care.
Also make sure to check out our blog, What We Learn From Plants