Starting Your Plant Gang

Plants are overwhelming to a lot of people. The most common response I get when I tell people that I am the mother of over 100 plants is "Wow, really? I can't even keep one alive!!" Caring for living things seems like a huge responsibility, especially when those things can't ask for what they need, well without words at least. Once you learn the plant cues caring for plants is actually pretty straight forward. I recommend starting with some easy to care for plants that grow quickly and aren't super picky to get your plant gang going! Once you see your babies grow new leaves, you will be addicted just like the rest of us!

PLANT CUES

Watering

Yellow ~ Overwatering

Brown ~ Underwatering

Sun

Brown ~ Too bright! (Look like burns) or Too dark! (Looks like plant is dying)

Lack of Growth ~ Too little (most likely) or the wrong type of sun

Be sure to look up what kind of sun your plant likes, whether it is direct, indirect, high, or low.

The next thing people seem concerned about regarding plants is the amount of time that it will take to care for them. People often tell me they don't want a plant they have to water every day, and are shocked when I tell them that I have never had a plant that required that much attention... okay well besides the Maiden Hair Fern that I kept alive for a solid 3 days before its imminent demise in my low-humidity apartment.

All plants but one follow the watering schedule of either once a week or once every two weeks. Those that are once a week are the typical indoor plants (pothos, calathea,asparagus fern, monstera, etc.), and my desert plants (succulents, snake plants, etc.) are the ones who get watered biweekly. There are some that need to be watered twice a week, or once every 5 days or so and these include certain calathea, ferns, pitcher plants, and other tropicals who really like humidity. Even then a light misting a few times throughout the week will usually suffice.

So what are the easiest houseplants to take care of? Check out some of these!

-Snake Plant

-Zz Plant (the easiest)

-Pothos

-Monstera

-Chinese Evergreen

-Pilea (as long as you have bright light)

Just keep in mind that not all plants work with all individuals or all environments. Even though these are typically easy plants, sometimes they do die even though they have been properly taken care of. In my case, I cannot keep an ivy alive for ANYTHING. Those guys come to my house just to die, I swear. Death is a part of life, and don't let it discourage you from trying again! I have definitely killed my fair share of plants, but I always get another and try a different part of my apartment or different watering techniques. And if it doesn't work the next time around, that plant might just not be for you, so try another!

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