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Plant Parenthood for Beginners

Plant Parenthood for Beginners

Think a succulent would look cute on your window sill? Want to convert your apartment into a small jungle? Don’t let us hold you back, but before you go running to the store for some new houseplants, keep these few tips in mind. 

Be patient. While this may not be a literal baby or a pet, this is essentially a potted baby, so there are still things you may want to consider before buying a plant. Here are some questions you may want to ask yourself: 1) Do you own a pet? 2) Do you travel? 3) Do you just need some life to spruce up your apartment? 

There are plants that can make or break your regular routine. Before you buy a plant, you will want to consider which plant will fit your needs the most.  If you’re completely unsure of what you want, caring for the Rubber Fig is a good place to begin.

We suggest waiting about a month before repotting your plant. Maybe their new home will eventually be in a ceramic pot, but for the first ten days, your plant is staying put. Plants are not meant to stay in the plastic pots they come in. However, repotting just requires an adjustment period for your new green friend. When the time does come around to repot, consider keeping the plastic pot the plant came in and repurposing it for something else!

Plan ahead on where your new friend will live. Your living room or kitchen isn’t your plant’s natural habitat, but you want to curate that space to make it seem as organic to the plant as possible. This includes thinking about natural light and moisture. It never hurts to ask whoever you buy your plant from what a normal water regimen would be for your new plant.  

Don’t overwater. Our first instinct as a new plant parent can be to water, water, water, so this one can be tricky. Similar to avoiding the urge to be a helicopter parent, try not to tend to your plant too much. We don’t want your plant to become like an angsty teen lashing out from any overwatering. Your houseplant doesn’t need as much water as you think it does. Have an empty milk carton? Poke some holes at the top and repurpose it as a watering can to water your plants. 

Finally, check your plant regularly for dead leaves that need to be clipped. If you are noticing dead leaves or stems, get to the root of the problem and pull them out. The sooner you pick out any rotting leaves, the sooner you can catch any growing problems. 

In no time, you’ll be the coolest plant parent on the block. Playing music for your plant also doesn't hurt helping it thrive in your home. We would suggest the Plantasia album. 

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