Having plants in your home can have so many therapeutic benefits. Plants work to purify the air you breathe as they take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen. They’re great for people with allergies too. Sounds amazing, right? Well, the trouble is if you can’t keep a plant alive then what’s the point. Plants can be finicky and hard to care for. I’ve definitely killed a plant or two in the past and it’s so upsetting because plants aren’t cheap. The thing is that I love to add plants to my home! In fact, I think I have them in almost every room in my house. To continually re-buy plants would kill my budget… real quick. So I knew it was time to do some reading and learn how to care for my plants.
I’ve started implementing 5 key tricks to plant care that has saved my plants lives and my wallet. Since I’ve started using these 5 tricks my plants have been thriving and I’ve gone from a plant killer to a plant lady. Join me on this journey for a green thumb! Your plants will thank you for it!
It’s so important to know your houseplant. What kind is it? What temperature does it like? How often does it need to be watered? Does it like direct sunlight? These are a few important questions that you need to find the answers to if you want your plant to thrive. All houseplants are not the same and requires a different kind of attention. For instance, the fiddle leaf plant is very popular, but is very high maintenance! It LOVES sunlight and needs to be right by a window where it’s streaming in. It also needs to be watered once a week and doesn’t like cold water or cold weather. If it’s in the sunroom over the colder months it may not survive. Or if you forget that you’ve put it on your front porch overnight. Again, it probably won’t survive. I found that my fiddle leaf did the best when I watered it once a week in my shower. I would let the warm water drizzle down and saturate the soil. All plants are different and knowing as much about it before you buy is essential.
You guessed it, you have to water your plant. Who knew?! It’s an obvious trick but you’d be surprised that this is the number one reason why houseplants die. I find that picking one day every week where I water my plants helps me to remember to water them. Use #waterwednesday or #thirstthursday to help you remember to water them. I also use a cute watering can that I store on my built-in bookshelf as decor. It works as a visual reminder to water my plants!
Some plants need more than just water. Some plants need fertilizer. Generally, house plants only need fertilizer when they are actively growing which is generally between March and September. Try to fertilize your house plants 1 to every three months over this time frame to help them grow! Plants generally experience a period of rest over the winter – so no need to fertilize over the winter months!
Ok so – So this one might be new to you, But it’s so important for your plant’s soil to stay moist. If you live in climates where it’s tough to keep them that way, you might want to invest in some pebbles or small stones to place on top of your soil. This creates a barrier and essentially keep moisture in. Also, If you have cats it might help to deter them from using your larger plants as a liter box!
Just as important as watering your plants is… not drowning your plants is equally as important! Make sure to not over water your plants. Really the goal is to keep them moist – not oversaturated with water. Be sure that you have drilled holes in the bottom of your pot so the excess water can drain through. Most pots come with pre-drilled holes, but some don’t so it’s important to double check and add them if not. Try putting those round plastic trays under your pot to catch the excess water as it drains out. I like to use baskets when decorating with plants. I’ll either put a plastic shopping bag at the bottom of the basket or a plastic tray to help protect my basket from water damage. I’ll then insert my pot in the basket.
My 5 tricks are simple ones – but honestly, they were ones that I wasn’t implementing before. Since reading about what types of plants I have, what kind of sun they like, how often they like to be watered, and what fertilizer is best my plants have been happy as can be! And as a bonus, I’ve been able to keep plants in my house for longer than a season without having to rebuy. Which I like and of course my penny-pinching husband does too. I know that if you start using these tricks you too will go from plant killer to plant lady!