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How Not to Kill Your Houseplants: A Guide to Plant Parenthood

If you're anything like me, you love the idea of having a green oasis in your home, but you're also a little intimidated by the idea of actually keeping said plants alive. Fear not, for I have been there, done that, and killed more than my fair share of house plants along the way. But through trial and error (mostly error), I've learned a thing or two about how to care for these finicky creatures.

How Not to Kill Your House Plants

  • Overwatering: This is the number one cause of death for house plants. Trust me, your plant does not need to be watered every day. In fact, most plants prefer to dry out a bit between waterings. Stick your finger in the soil to test for moisture before watering.

  • Underwatering: On the flip side, don't forget to water your plants altogether. Wilting, yellowing leaves are a telltale sign that your plant is thirsty.

  • Ignoring pests: Don't turn a blind eye to little critters like spider mites and mealybugs. They can wreak havoc on your plants if left unchecked.

  • Not giving them enough light: Most house plants need bright, indirect light to thrive. If your plant is looking a bit lackluster, try moving it to a brighter spot in your home.

  • Using the wrong soil: Not all soil is created equal. Make sure you're using a high-quality potting mix that's appropriate for your specific plant.

How to Care for Your House Plant

  • Repot as needed: If your plant is outgrowing its current pot or the soil is starting to look depleted, it's time to repot. Choose a pot that's slightly larger than the current one and use fresh potting mix.

  • Fertilize occasionally: Most plants benefit from a bit of fertilizer every now and then. Look for a balanced, water-soluble fertilizer and follow the instructions on the package.

What Plants to Keep in Which Room

Living Room: The living room is a great place for large, statement plants like the snake plant. This plant is not only beautiful but also improve air quality.

Kitchen: The kitchen is a great place for herbs like basil, mint, and parsley. Not only do they add a pop of green to your space, but you can also use them in your cooking.

Bathroom: The bathroom is a great place for plants that thrive in high humidity, like ferns and spider plants. They'll love the moisture from your shower.

Bedroom: The bedroom is a great place for plants that improve air quality and promote relaxation, like lavender and aloe vera.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Bedroom: Snake Plant, Peace Lily, Aloe Vera

  • Living Room: Fiddle Leaf Fig, Rubber Plant, Philodendron

  • Kitchen: Herbs (Basil, Rosemary, Thyme), Spider Plant, Pothos

  • Bathroom: Boston Fern, Spider Plant, Air Plant

There you go, some tips to get you started. Comment what you think is the biggest scare to bring a plant baby home.

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