There’s a first time for everything and everyone is a beginner at some point.
For you, you may be embracing this new journey with plant care. If that’s the case, then welcome to plant parenthood!👋🏾
Here are a few tips that every plant parent should know:
1. Do Not Over Water!
Overwatering your plants happens more than you think! It’s one of the most common mistakes that first-time plant parents make. Always check the drainage and pay close attention to the leaves and soil. If the leaves begin to droop or turn yellow and/or brown, it can be easily mistaken that it’s dehydrated. Therefore, before you pour water, stick your finger in an inch deep into the soil and check if it's damp or dry. This way your plant will tell you if it needs hydration. If the soil is moist, leave them alone. If it’s dry, then it’s time to hydrate.
2. Be Patient
Patience is a virtue. In plant parenthood, no quote could ever be truer. Taking care of any plant is a slow and steady process. But it’s also one of the most rewarding journeys! So do a daily check-in with your plants and tell them you love them! Give your plant-baby time, it will eventually blossom into something amazing.
3. Different Plant, Different Routine
Get to know your plant before inviting them into your home. Unlike pets or people, plants do require less attention. But it’s still important to know how much attention and support they need from you. Whether they need a different type of soil or more time in the sun, each plant has different needs. So before you commit to adopting one, do your research!
4. Keep Them Warm
Windows and sunlight are going to be your plant’s best friends (in moderation). As with most houseplants, they’re positioned near a window to capture the sunlight. Now we don’t blame them, the warmth of the sun does feel amazing! But do be careful during the cold season NOT to leave them next to the window. If possible, keep them at least 3 feet away from the windowsill. Your plant babies can actually catch a cold from the draft or the breeze, which can hurt them drastically.
5. Plant Addiction Is Real
After buying one, you can’t stop! It’s a real addiction, especially when you’re a great plant parent. After taking such good care, your initial thought might be, “One more couldn’t hurt?” But eventually, that one corner with all your potted plants will take over your entire room (trust us, we know🤣).