6 Expert-Approved Tips That Are Guaranteed to Grow Your Green Thumb
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Tips to Grow Your Green Thumb
You probably had the best of intentions when you bought this Giant Fiddle Leaf Fig. You imagined how wonderful it would look in that empty spot in your living room. It will probably be fine for a few weeks. You watered, fertilized, and checked for pests, and it's still dead.
What did you do wrong? It was probably not the best plant for your space. I have made the same mistake over and over again. However, once I have understood all the components that can make a factory prosper, I have had fewer factory failures.
The good news is that it is not as difficult as it sounds. It's easy to be a successful plant parent if you know and follow these six guidelines.
Start With the Light
Most people choose a plant-based on its appearance. While a beautiful plant attracts attention, there is no point in getting it if you don't have the right kind of light to sustain it.
The first thing to think about is where you want to place the plant in your home. Based on this light, find a plant that can thrive in this light.
As a general rule of thumb, a south-facing window will provide more light and a north-facing window will provide less light. However, the quality of that light changes with the seasons. In winter my office is very sunny thanks to the three large south-facing windows.
However, in summer, the angle of the sun is higher and not much light enters the room due to the ledges outside the windows. A plant that needs 6 to 8 hours of indirect light would not do well in my office during the summer.
When you understand the quality and quantity of light your part of your home receives throughout the year, you can choose the right plant to thrive in that space. If you cannot provide the light you need, you will find that this plant is suffering in your home.
If you are not sure how to determine what type of light it has, consider purchasing a photometer or using a photometer app on your phone to take measurements during the day Once you know the amount of light needed to function, it's time to move on to the research phase.
Do Your Research
Most plant labels include a lot of information, such as light, water, and feeding tips for the plant. Unfortunately, plant labels give us minimal space to talk about plant care, and then you see all the low points.
Plants listed as "low light" mean that they can survive in low light, but will thrive in medium to strong light. More research on what the species needs to thrive is worthwhile.
Anyone can get a green thumb right away if you decide to do a little pre-work to figure out what can thrive in your home or what will work best for your situation. Do your research and win. It's not just about reading books or doing a Google search.
The beginning of this journey started with the unknown, it is in outlet stores and you can talk to the people who worked there about the plants.
Experienced planters are a treasure trove of information and are more than happy to share it.
Pick the Right Size Plant
Plants grow. This little 6-inch Monstera Deliciosa can grow to 6-10 feet tall as an adult. Just as you would probably never adopt a Saint-Benard or Great Dane if you lived in an 800-square-foot apartment, you probably shouldn't buy a factory that would take up most of your property.
Large plants have become popular, and if you have space, keep going.
However, remember that moving large plants can be tedious and that replanting may require assistance. Consider the mature growth size of the plant and your home before introducing a large plant.
Don’t Repot Immediately
Plants provide visual cues when they are under stress. Common signs include wilting, leaf or flower drop, elongation, brown leaf tips, and yellow leaves. The difficulty is that there is no single indicator that directly says what these problems mean. However, if your plant exhibits any of these signs, you can be sure it is under stress.
One of the best ways to reduce stress on plants is not to repot once you get home. Always wait a week. In this way, the plant has the possibility to settle in its environment. Transplantation can stress a plant and take time to adjust to your home.
Plants in excess and underwater are two of the biggest mistakes new plant parents make that can kill plants. How do you know how much water a plant needs? One of the analogies we like to give is that this kind of perfect moisture should be like a tightly twisted sponge, where you can smell a bit of moisture, but it's not saturated.
Most plants only need water once a week, but that depends on how much light they receive, what type of pot they are in, and if the plant likes to dry out between waterings. The easiest way is to put your finger on the ground and feel good. If it looks wet, it is too much.
Another option is to use a soil moisture meter. The tools are inexpensive and provide more accurate information.
Keep it stress-free
Studies show that people who spend a lot of time growing plants experience less stress in their lives. They add color and texture to space and can be a lot of fun. If you decide to become a plant parent, put in the leg work, and your plants will reward you.
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