Keep Your Houseplants Alive: No Green Thumb Required

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Some people have no problem with their plants- I am not one of those people. Looking back at my family tree, my family has been killing plants for generations. I decided that I wanted to end the non-green-thumb streak with me. I have never been able to grow plants in my life, that is, until I learned these tips.

1. Don’t Over-Water

Over-watering is one of the most common causes of unhappy plants. There ARE plants that thrive in highly moist soil, but for the most part, its best to let the soil dry out between waterings. A good way to tell if it is time to water is by sticking your finger about an inch into the soil. If it is dry, it’s time to water.

2. Ensure Proper Drainage

Put a ½-inch to 1-inch layer of pebbles or packing peanuts beneath the soil at the bottom of the pot to help your plant drain properly. Another trick for smaller pots is to line the bottom with a coffee filter. This will prevent your plants’ roots from being too wet. Proper drainage is very important to the health of your plant and preventing root rot.

3. Right Amount of Light

Believe it or not, not all plants like a lot of sunlight. There are some plants that actually need to be grown in the shade, or only in partial light. Do some research or check the labels on your plants when you buy them to ensure that you provide the proper amount of light.

4. Just a Little Off the Top

Pruning is an awesome way to keep your plants looking their best. I feel that pruning is something that is not talked about or practiced enough. Do some research on the proper way to prune your specific plants. This will keep them nice and healthy AND keep them looking good.

5. Start with the Easy Plants

Pothos, palm plant, succulents, and cacti all fall in the “hardy” plant category. They are tough and can handle some mistakes that other plants can’t. After you have had some success with these types of plants, work your way up to the types that need more care.

6. Beat the Heat

Avoid putting your plants in areas that get too warm or too cold. Steer clear of putting them too close to an air conditioner or space heaters, and take note of where your vents are in your home. If it’s too warm or too cool for you, then it probably is for your plants too.

Green thumb not required! You can have beautiful plants in your home even if you have no plant experience, or even bad plant experience. Anyone can learn to care for plants. Believe it or not, genetics have absolutely nothing to do with your ability to grow plants. The more you know, I guess.

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