Plant Parenting for Beginners: 4 Things You Need to Know

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It’s no secret that plants are getting a lot of love lately. Like, a lot of love. Chances are you can’t go through a single Pinterest page on interior design without seeing at least one photo of a living room completely decked out in plants.

With the COVID-19 crisis keeping us all inside, there’s no better time than to bring the outdoors in and become a plant parent yourself. Of course, not everyone has the greenest of thumbs. To help set you on the right track, here are a few important things you need to know before you bring a new plant baby home.

You can order plants online

You don’t need to visit your local grocery store or HomeDepot to pick up new houseplants. In fact, you can order plants online right from the comfort of your own home. Up to 39% of global e-commerce traffic comes from search engines. Just be sure to do your research on the plant you’re buying before you hit that ‘complete purchase’ button.

Plant parenting styles vary

Not every plant is for everyone. Many people offer cactuses as an “easy” plant to parent. But many first-time plant owners can end up overwatering their cacti and killing them before they even get a chance to bloom.

Consider what kind of plant parent you are. Are you a frequent-waterer or do you leave your plants to their own devices most of the time? A cactus may be the easiest plant for one person while a miniature rose plant might be the easiest for another. Be sure to look at the care instructions that each plant needs before you assume it’ll be simple to take care of.

Not every plant blooms in the window

If you’re buying indoor plants, make sure to evaluate what the environment is like inside your house. Which part of your home gets the most sunlight? In which parts is sunlight scarce? Certain plants only need partial sunlight and are best kept away from windows whereas others thrive in direct sunlight and would be best kept on the sill.

Consider other features about your home, too, like humidity level and temperature. During the summer months, you might love having your air conditioner cranked up, but your plants might not enjoy the chill.

Gardens don’t thrive wherever they’re planted

If you’re considering more than just plant parenthood and you want to start a garden, it’s important to consider just where you plan on planting your garden. Your first instinct might be to plant flowers just outside your windows. 

After all, 67% of landscaping projects involve single-family homes and can add 14% to the resale value of your house. But depending on the position of the sun and where the rain hits your yard the most, you could end up with more dead plants than curb appeal.

Living with plants, both indoors and outdoors, can reduce stress and make you feel good. Becoming a proud plant parent right now can be just what you need during this stressful time. Just make sure that you do your research on the plants you’re getting to make sure you’re choosing the plants that are best for you.

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