A Beginner’s Guide to Caring for Houseplants

Interested in gardening but not sure if you’re ready for the commitment? Or perhaps you’d like to exercise your green thumb, but you live in a city and lack yard space. Houseplants are much-beloved plants that can filter your air, breathe life into your bathroom and generally put you in a good mood. And, bonus, they’re extremely easy to care for. Here’s what to know before diving in.

Check Lighting Requirements

Many people assume that all houseplants are, well, designed to live in houses. Nothing could be further from the truth. While some plants are perfectly fine in shaded environments, others require direct sunlight and will need to be placed right by a big window. So before you go out and purchase any houseplants, do your research!

These plants will thrive in bright sunlight:

  • Cacti
  • Succulents
  • Umbrella plants
  • Geraniums
  • Aloe Vera
  • Croton
  • Hisbiscus

…while these plants are okay with dimmer lighting:

  • Ferns
  • Snake plants
  • Ivy
  • Pothos
  • Philodendron

Plan Your Positioning

Now, it’s time to plan out exactly where you’re going to put these plants! Have a plan of where each plant is going to live before you head to the store. This way, you’ll know how many high-light plants you want, how many low-light plants you want, and where you’re going to display them.

Don’t Move Your Plants!

This part is important: Once you’ve given your plants a home, don’t move them! Your plants enjoy staying in the same spot, as they become accustomed to the light in that area and begin to grow toward it. Plants grow in the way that will most maximize their ability to obtain sunlight. Moving them around too much can really throw them out of whack.

Consider Water Requirements

This step is easy, but requires effort. Make sure you know how often to water your plant. You can generally tell when a plant needs more water by lightly touching the soil. If the soil is completely dry, your plant needs more water! If it’s still moist, your plant is hydrated.

Talk to Your Plants…Seriously

As weird as it may sound, studies have shown that talking lovingly to your plants helps them grow happier and healthier. A recent video even revealed that when kids “bullied” a plant, it became sad and droopy. Plants are smarter than we think! Treat your plants with love and they are more likely to grow healthy and strong.

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Barbara S17 days ago

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Anna R4 months ago

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Marie W5 months ago

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Edith B5 months ago

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Julia S10 months ago

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Richard A10 months ago

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