What You Need to Know About Becoming a Plant Parent
Plant parenting is a growing trend – especially among millennials. More and more of them are starting to discover that growing and caring for indoor plants can be soothing, relaxing, and good for their mental health.
If you’re interested in giving it a try for yourself – great. But first, there are a few things that you need to know about becoming a plant mom or dad.
Make Sure Your Plants Fit
Don’t just rush to a nursery and pick out plants that you find attractive. Instead, focus on finding plants that fit your situation by considering the:
- Space available for the plant to grow.
- Light exposure in your home.
- Presence of kids or pets.
- Amount of attention that the plants require
Research the Plants’ Needs
Different plants have different needs. The key to good plant care is being aware of the specific needs of your plants, and trying your best to fulfill them.
Make it a point to find out as much about your plant as possible. Does it need bright but indirect light or can it survive in low-light conditions? Must you water it regularly, or should you let the soil dry out between waterings?
Aside from that, you should also try to find out the ideal temperature and humidity of house plants, and any other relevant information.
Start With Something Easy
If you’re a first-time plant parent and you’re worried that you don’t have a green thumb, you may want to start with something easy. In other words: An indoor plant that is hardy, tolerant, and easy to care for.
Find the Right Spot
Based on the plant that you choose as well as its requirements, you should scope out the best spot to place it in your home. Be sure to also consider how you intend to display it, and whether it’s going to sit in a pot on a table or mantle, hang from the ceiling, or if it’ll be a tall floor houseplant.
In addition to the lighting, other factors may play an important role for some plants. For example, some plants may be vulnerable to drafts – or changes in temperature. It is crucial that you take all of them into account when choosing a location.
Repot at the Right Time
Don’t be in a rush to repot your plant. When you first take it to your home, you must give it some time to acclimate so that you don’t stress it out.
After some time if your plant looks healthy, you can report it into a new home. Check that you use the right type of pot and soil mix and that the pot is large enough that your plant will have room to grow.
Be Patient and Don’t Go Overboard
The most important piece of advice for new plant parents is this: Always be patient. Don’t panic, make snap decisions, or take unnecessary action.
As a first-time plant mum or dad, it is natural if you feel nervous – but you must not let that influence your actions. Stay calm, make sure you know your plants’ needs, and find out the best way to care for them and fulfill your responsibilities as a plant parent.