Tips For First-Time Plant Parents

So you’re finally ready for the responsibility and commitment and have decided to take the first step towards plant parenthood – welcome! It may seem slightly intimidating at first, but we’re here to help. We’ve got a few tips to make sure you avoid some of the common pitfalls of plant care and turn your space into the most Instagram-ready urban jungle.

Find your match.

When purchasing a plant, first think about your lifestyle and your space- how much natural light do you get? Do you travel a lot? Do you have pets? Consider a plant that is not only one you like aesthetically, but is also the right level of care you can commit to. Once your plant arrives to your home, find a place that works best for your plant’s light needs, and try not to move her around too often.

Check the soil.

Pay attention to your plant’s water needs, but keep in mind that it’s usually better to underwater than overwater your plants. Most houseplants want their soil to dry out before you water again so it’s important to check the soil to see if your plant is ready for watering before doing so. 

Show some love.

Dedicate a certain time and day to regularly check in on your plant babies. See if your plant looks happy or sad, whether she needs water or not, and remove any dead leaves so new ones can grow in. You might even want to put on a plant playlist.

Note, you might become extremely attached, and start to obsess over your plants a little, and trust us, it’s totally normal to become super invested in your plants and their well-being. Get to know your plant through her specific care guide so you know how to address all her needs and you’ll be off to a great start. Now that you’re ready to bring some greenery to your life, get plant-shopping!

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