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Plant Parenthood Tips for Beginners

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Plant parenthood is a new, popular term for people who take care of plants in their home.  Thus, they are called “plant-parents.”

Currently, we have seen the plant industry emerge and rise to worldwide popularity. Jungle-like homes filled with succulents, indoor and tropical plants are now a hot trend!

Before 2018, the gardening market was primarily targeted to people who are over 50 years old.  Now, younger people are into it, especially Millennials aged 18-34.

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Finally!  We are now embracing Mother Nature and all the wonderful benefits it gives us! Not only will they help keep your stress at bay just by looking at it but they also help cleanse the air you breathe inside your home.

Did you know?

Doctors are now prescribing houseplants for anxiety and depression.

If you’re a new plant-parent or planning to become one, we’re going to list out the benefits of taking care of plants and some very valuable and simple tips for gardening.

Benefits of taking care of plants

According to a study at Harvard, seeing “greens,” walking in the park, or looking at lush green nature’s landscapes can significantly reduce stress and aids in depression.

Taking care of plants at home is like bringing nature inside your house. Here are some of the benefits of taking care of plants.

  • Improves concentration
  • Lowers systolic blood pressure
  • Increase productivity
  • Improves mood and well-being
  • Lowers anxiety as it promotes calmness

What are the best plant varieties to take care of for beginners?

1. Golden Pothos 

Photo Credit: Old Farmers Almanac

According to plant experts, pothos is the easiest to take care of all varieties.

Pothos don’t need much sunlight as they thrive in lowlight environments. You just have to make sure they have a sufficient amount of water.

Pothos can thrive in darker areas with low light, they also thrive in bright indirect light which makes them perfect as indoor plants.

How often do you need to water them?

  • Dip your finger on the soil, if it’s still moist don’t water them.
  • Put them in a pot with a drainage hole at the bottom to avoid root rot.
  • This would be aesthetically pleasing if you place it in a hanging basket and allow the leaves to grow downward like vines.

2. Dracaena (various)

Photo Credit: The Spruce

Dracaena, like the Pothos, requires less water compared to most indoor plants.

How often do you need to water them?

  • Dip your finger on the soil, if it’s still moist don’t water them.
  • Put them in a pot with a drainage hole at the bottom to avoid root rot.
  • Mist the leaves by spraying it with water and choose a soil with good drainage.
  • Prone to root rot so avoid overwatering.

3. Philodendron 

Photo Credit: The Spruce, Alexandra Shytsman

This is my personal favorite.  It’s super low maintenance! They also cleanse the air in your room.

Philodendron easily adapts to any environment that can thrive both indoors and outdoors.

There are two types of philodendron plants — climbing and non-climbing.  Like the pothos plant, this can be beautifully placed in a hanging basket to let the vines grow.

This species originated in tropical regions and you can take care of it by providing plenty of warmth, bright light, and moisture.  But as I’ve said, it can easily adapt.

3. Snake plants (Sansevieria trifasciata)

Photo Credit: Green and Vibrant

This is by far the most popular indoor plant, they are the most resilient and can survive through harsh environments. Put them inside your house or outside when it’s warm.  They’ll definitely survive.

And this plant also purifies the air in the environment.  They also do not need a lot of water; every two weeks would be enough as long as the soil isn’t dried out.

Low light or direct sunlight-these babies can adapt.  Nothing can stop them from thriving.  That’s why it’s one of the best plants to take care of when you’re still exploring plant-parenthood.

4. Peperomia (watermelon)

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These belong to a thousand species of rubber plants.

This Watermelon Peperomia is so cute and Instagram-worthy because it looks like a watermelon.

Watermelon reminds me of summer and it gives a smile on my face when I recall my childhood memories.  How about you? What does watermelon remind you of?  How do you take care of this watermelon?

  • They are adaptable and can be placed in moderate to partially shaded parts of the house. Bright but indirect sunlight is best.
  • Do not overwater them.  Spritz them with water enough to make the soil damp.

Things to note: If they are given inadequate light, their leaves may drop, or they will stop growing new leaves.

These plants are native to Mexico, South America, and the West Indies, according to The Spruce.

Go for it!

We hope that you find joy in this article and that it gives you the courage to explore the plants you are attracted to. By taking care of plants, we are giving back to Mother Nature.

Don’t be intimidated with plant-parenthood.  These plants are living things, and like anything that breathes, you just need to give them what they need to survive.

Taking care of plants is great for stress and anxiety.  It’s such a fulfilling hobby. Moreover, it makes your home look vibrant and colorful – it adds life to a dull and lifeless space.

Plant-parenthood or being a plant-parent is an art, as it is a science once you get the hang of it, it’ll be easy!

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