Houseplants are the best. They provide more positives than negatives to the point where it doesn't make sense for more homes not to have them. Houseplants beautify a home and provide plenty of health benefits, too. However, they require care. Here are some sustainable tips for first-time plant parents.
Be honest with yourself. How good are you at keeping things alive? If you don't have the best track record, then you don't need to start purchasing palm trees or birds of paradise. These plants require a lot of attention, and if you don't have the lifestyle to support that, then start off slow.
Consider getting one or two easy indoor succulents to begin. These are easy plants to keep alive, and you don't have to worry about overwatering them or not giving them enough sunlight. Plus, they're a nice way to ease into the greenery world.
Assess the light in your home. Is it adequate enough for a plant? What room receives the most natural lighting? Answer these questions before purchasing your plants. Then, you can decide where they will reside or if you need to find new locations for them.
It also helps you gain a better understanding of which plants will work best in your home. When you arrive at the nursery, explain the setup of your home so that the staff can better assist you.
Plastic pots aren't good for plants. A lot of places might sell them in plastic pots, but it's better to replace them after your purchase. Plastic pots aren't eco-friendly, and they don't allow the plant's roots to breathe well.
Consider clay pots for better airflow and water flow. They are also less likely to grow mold, and mold can cause root rot on your plants and prevent them from growing adequately.
Your plants will need a drainer underneath the pot, preferably one with a hole in the center. During the watering process, the plant's roots will suck up the water and nutrients it needs at the time. After that, anything left over is extra.
Dump the remaining water and avoid leaving your plant to sit in it. This can result in overwatering. Additionally, if you don't see any water coming out after some time, this means your plant was particularly thirsty and went too long without water.
Plants are living things. They bring so much joy into people's lives, so it makes sense to do the same for them. They push out what they take in. Talk with your plants daily or even sing to them. When it comes time to water or re-pot them, be delicate and hold a small conversation.
You might feel a little silly, but you'll be surprised to see how much they enjoy your company and your conversation. It's all about keeping positive vibes flowing through the air.
As a first-time plant parent, don't be nervous. You've got what it takes to sustain them.