June 19, 2023 5 min read
Okay, let’s talk about plant killers. If they all sat across the room from a bunch of green thumbs, they’d be feeling quite insecure. Plant killing is not any plant killer's intention, despite what you think. Every plant killer sets out to be a green thumb and somewhere along the way, life gets a little busy and they forget to water the plant. Or they over-water. Or they just walk past it and it dies. It happens!
The truth is there are steps to take to make sure that you end up on the other side of the room with the green thumbs. Read on to find out our hot tips to choosing the right plants for you and most importantly, keeping them alive.
Choosing the Right Plants
This seems simple, but it’s so important to start with the right plants for your home. There are many different types of indoor plants, so it's important to choose ones that will thrive in your environment. Plants jazz an entire room up and create a stunning entry into your home or office space.
Consider the amount of light your home gets, what areas of your house get the afternoon sun and what areas are more shady, the size of your space, and your personal preferences.
If you have a small home, live in an apartment or have dark rooms, you'll want to choose indoor plants that don't need a lot of sunlight. The best low light indoor plant options include snake plants (also formerly known as Mother-in-law’s tongue), pothos, and philodendrons as well as Fiddle Leaf Fig and Monstera.
A Peace Lily has stunningwhite flowers, which bloom in the spring and summer. Peace Lilies are easy to care for and can thrive in low light conditions. They look super chic as a hanging plant, and will brighten up any bathroom.
If you have a larger home with plenty of natural light, you can choose from a wider variety of plants, including ferns, palms, and cacti. Choosing the right plant doesn't have to be overwhelming. Go with your gut and start with one. You can always add to your collection later.
Caring for Your Plants with T.L.C
Plants are living things! They require a loving home, clean air and plenty of water. Now that you've chosen your plants, it's important to learn how to give them some love. The most important thing is to water them regularly. The frequency of watering will depend on the type of plant, the amount of light it gets, and the climate in your home.
You should also fertilize your plants regularly. The best time to fertilize is during the spring and summer, when the plants are actively growing. Use a fertilizer that is specifically designed for indoor plants.
Pests and Diseases
Just like other living things, indoor plants can be susceptible to pests and diseases. Don’t freak out, this can all be treated and plants can carry on living happy lives for many years to come.
The most common pests are spider mites, mealybugs, and scale insects. Diseases can be caused by a variety of factors, including overwatering, underwatering, and poor air circulation.
If you notice any pests or diseases on your plants, it's important to treat them as soon as you can. There are a number of products available to treat pests and diseases and these are usually available at your local Bunnings, Garden World or hardware store. You can also prevent pests and diseases by inspecting your plants regularly and providing them with the proper care.
Benefits of Indoor Plants
Indoor plants offer a number of benefits for your home and your health. They can:
There’s something incredibly satisfying about watching a plant grow. You can even take a small clipping from another plant and replant it into a pot. Look at you, doing your propagation thang!
They also make thoughtful gifts for birthdays, teacher gifts, graduation gifts, thank you gifts and more. Cue the card the says “thanks for helping me grow” awwww. LVLY has same-day delivery for you to send a stunning plant to your loved one. It even includes a handy drip day that’s attached, making it super easy to care for.
Where do I put my plant?
If you have limited floor space, hanging plants are a great way to add some greenery to your home. Devils Ivy is a gorgeous hanging plant, its gorgeous draping leaves are a perfect kitchen accessory. Choose a Macrame Plant Hanger for added texture - trust us on this - they look gorgeous!
Bathrooms are often humid, which can make them a great place for plants that prefer moist air. Some good options for bathroom plants include ferns, palms, and peace lilies. These plants can help to improve the air quality in your bathroom and add a touch of tropical flair.Air plants do not need soil to grow and can be mounted on a wall or shelf and they look impressive! They’re low-maintenance and require very little water - music to all plant killer’s ears!
The thing is, no one sets out to be a plant killer. And every plant killer hates being known as ‘that friend’ who can’t keep even a cactus alive.
Celebrity women who love plants.
Let’s talk about some A-listers who love plants. Because, why not? Former First Lady Michelle Obama launched the "Let's Get Moving" campaign to encourage children to eat healthy and get active. As part of this campaign, she planted a White House Kitchen Garden, where children could learn about where their food comes from.
Oprah Winfrey has a large garden at her estate in Montecito, California, where she grows a variety of fruits, vegetables, and flowers. She is also a big fan of orchids and has a collection of over 200 different varieties.
Actress Zooey Deschanel is a self-proclaimed "plant lady" and has a large collection of houseplants in her home. She is also a co-founder of the Farm Project, a non-profit organization that provides fresh food to families in need.Kylie Jenner has a large collection of succulents and cacti in her home and often shares photos of them on her social networks.
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