I am a firm believer that plants make any space that much better. They bring life and decor to a room for not too much of a price. I use to be the type of person who couldn’t keep any plant alive. Now I have 8 plants and counting, and they all are alive and thriving. I thought I would share my tips on how to be a plant parent, even for those who don’t have a green thumb!
Buy A Plant That Needs Little Attention
It’s important to always know how much care a plant will need before buying it. I personally love buying my plants at Ikea because they tell you right on the plant what it needs. Find out how much water the plant needs and how much sunlight it will need too. Also keep in mind your lifestyle when picking one. If you’re someone who travels a lot considering getting something that needs to be watered very little.
Don’t Spend Too Much On One
When you are just starting out getting plants I would suggest not spending too much money on them. You don’t know how long they are going to live, so spending a lot at first isn’t the smartest choice. I would suggest staying between $5-$25. Ikea has some great inexpensive ones that last a long time if cared for. Just be sure to pick the best looking one in terms of health!
Find A Sunny Place for it in your space
Make sure you have a sunny place in your space that will fit your plant. You are safer having a spot that gets sunlight but not direct sunlight. Most plants that don’t need too much care often don’t need direct sunlight. Then every morning just remember to open up your curtains or blinds, and you are all good to go!
Set A reminder each week to water plants
This is the most important part if you are someone who always forgets to water your plants. Use an alarm on your phone, or if you have an iPhone use the reminders app. Set one to go off once or twice a week depending on how much water your plants needs. Make sure to set it either in the morning or at night so you won’t forget and will be at home. This way you don’t have to worry about forgetting one week.
If all else fails, get a cactus!
If you just can’t seem to keep any plant alive, no matter how little watering it needs, get a cactus! Any type of cactus or succulent are both beautiful but also require the least amount of watering. I have one that I water once every two-three weeks, and it’s still alive! So just because you’re not good with plants doesn’t mean you can’t have one.
And those are my tips on how to become a successful plant parent! It will take time to get the hang of it, and it will take some mistakes to learn how to care for them. But you can do it, and over time you’ll become the best plant parent there could be. Let me know what your favorite kind of plant to own is!