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Plant Care by Plant Type
Picking the right plants and keeping them alive is a daunting task for many new plant owners. Many people miss out on the wonderful world of plants simply because they think they won’t be able to manage them. In this article, we cover the most important plant care tips for you to get started and help your plants thrive! There are many easy care plants that you can choose if you are just getting started.
- Plant Compatibility
Not all plants are created equal. While some plants may require daily watering, others may not need watering for weeks. Many plants are toxic to animals and many plants are safe. Some plants prefer very bright light and others can thrive in low light levels. When choosing your first plants, keep these facts in mind and choose ones that will fit with your environment, schedule and family.
- Choosing plants based on light levels.
Just like with watering, plants also need different levels of light. Some plants are able to thrive in shade while some need constant sunlight and many variables in between. Before choosing your plants, consider where they will be in your house and what windows are nearby. South-facing windows give bright sunlight, east / west-facing give moderate light and north-facing windows give low light. It’s important to ensure plants get the correct amount of light for their preference, this will help you be more successful with your plant babies too.
- Watering tips
While it may seem simple, watering too much or too little is a common mistake beginners often make. It’s always better to under water plants than to over water them. If you water too much, it can lead to root rot. Make sure your plant’s soil has good drainage and you only water when needed. Check the soil with a moisture meter to see what the moisture level of your plant is. A dry looking top layer of soil can be hiding a wet soil lower down in the pot.
- Managing the environment
Plants generally like a constant stable environment. Avoid placing your plants near A/C or heater units as they can create hot / cold spots. Severe changes in the environment can causes stress to our plant babies and damage them. A/C and heating sources can really dry our air which lowers the humidity levels in our homes. Humidity levels are very important to plant health.
- Don’t be discouraged
Plants at first can be a little tricky. It’s likely that you will make a few mistakes along the way. Don’t get discouraged though! Learn from your mistakes and learn how your specific plant reacts in your environment to help it thrive in the future. We always love talking plants and plant care so do not hesitate to reach out or stop in to see us with any care questions.
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