How to be a responsible plant parent
It’s a tale as old as time: you see the cutest little plant at the grocery store, you tell yourself that this time you’re going to water it, and the next thing you know a week has gone by and your pretty new plant is dry and shriveled. So how to make a change? How to make it right? Luckily, we’re here with tips to turn you into the responsible plant parent you’ve always wanted to be.
Water-Watering is possibly the easiest aspect of plant care to get wrong. Either they wither up or get soggy feet, the fun term for when a plant’s roots are bathing in a puddle. Using a spray bottle to mist your plants once or twice a day is a hot tip to avoid drowning your foliage friends. A good way to check is with a weight test. The lighter a plant is, the more water it needs. But, as a general rule, plants prefer to be slightly dry rather than overly soggy.
Light- A lot of making sure your plant gets enough light has to do with respecting their wishes, on the tag that is. So when choosing which plants to buy, think about what light availability you have in your space. You can find plants that don’t mind indirect light, such as aloe or snake plant. Check out this guide for suggestions to expand your kitchen conservatory that will be ok with just a little neglect- we get it it happens!
Extras- Water and light are essentially the two most important parts of being your best plant parent, but there are some other, miscellaneous items to keep it in mind while caring for your babies. If you are unfortunate enough to experience harsh winters like those in Chicago, make sure to keep your plants away from cold drafts in the winter. And on the subject of airflow, plants appreciate it. Turning on ceiling fans or opening windows to let a little breeze in is sure to boost the lifespan of any foliage. Lastly, apply basic housekeeping principles to your plants, too! Wipe down any leaves with a dry cloth every so often to prevent dust buildup.
P.S.-- did you know house plants can actually reduce stress? Not only do they improve air quality and boost the overall aesthetics of a space, studies have shown that indoor plants actually improve the quality of life of their owners. So go on and buy another cute little succulent, its for your own good!