Unless you already live in an indoor jungle, you probably think that there is no way you can keep plants alive. Take it from me, you can actually learn how to keep your plants alive, keep them healthy, and even start to expand your collection of indoor plants, even if you think you kill everything around you.
Figure Out What Works Best For Your Home
The key to keep your plants alive is to realize that not all plants work in all environments. If you have a basement apartment, a plant that need tons of sun will simply not live its best life. There are literally hundreds of plants for you to choose from. If you have a nice sunny area in your home, apartment, or even office, then your choices are much larger than those who live in a darker area of the world, or don’t have any good windows.
If you are new to the plant game, this is one of the best articles that you can read. Not only do they cover the different needs of indoor plants, but they also share a few types of plants that work in different lighting. I always recommend to everyone I know to start out with a Snake Plant. Not only are they super affordable, but they grow well in all sorts of light, and you can find them almost anywhere!
The Internet is Your Friend
Like I mentioned, there are so many blogs and websites that have endless knowledge of different plants. If I have learned anything over the years, it is that being a plant parent is truly trial-and-error. Sometimes I had plants that would thrive, other times I had plants that just didn’t make it. I eventually became able to identify the needs of my plants based on how they look, seriously!
If you are trying to keep your plants alive, then you have to be able to read your plants. The leaves of any plant can tell you a multitude of different things. You can find out if your plant needs more water, less water, more light, a bigger pot, anything! If you are new, then I highly recommend this article. It has a lot of great info that can help you learn how to read your leaves. Additionally, if you are struggling with one plant, you can also search the internet for info pertaining to that specific plant.
Figure Out a Maintenance Schedule That Works For You
As with anything, if you really want to keep your plants alive, you need to make sure you stay on top of their maintenance. Think of it like a new puppy! You wouldn’t leave your puppy without food or water, so make sure your plant has everything it needs. Once you learn to read the leaves of your plants, this process will be incredibly fast.
Personally, I go through my plants once a week. I just walk around my house and give them all a glance. I will take note of any discoloration, any drooping leaves, and even how the soil and pot appear. From there, I take my moisture meter and place it into various areas of my plant pot. Sometimes your plant may appear to be droopy, but it will have enough water. Othertimes, you need to mix up some fertilizer.
I take my water jug, add some indoor plant-friendly fertilizer and will go around and water every plant that needs it. I will also take the time to remove any leaves that have fallen off, and even trim anything back. Doing this keeps my plant in the best condition they can be, and it also makes it easy to manage all of the plants I have!