With Instagram posts featuring thick foliage sheltered in minimalist terra cotta pots or thin palm fronds housed in intricate pottery, house planting is becoming a growing trend among young adults. Millennials’ penchant for plant growing has boosted sales of garden retailers and is connected to our innate nature of nurturing and connection. Either inspired by its Instagram popularity or the desire to take care of another living being, many are starting the plant-growing phases of their lives. Although becoming a plant parent may seem intimidating at first, when you’re armed with the right knowledge and the proper gardening tools, you’re on your way to being a certified “plantita”.
Know your light source
Before choosing your plant babies and the beautiful pots they would come in, familiarize yourself first with your house’s lighting conditions. While your bedside windowsill provides an ample source of light, that corner in your receiving area may be too dim for fiddle-leaf fig trees that need huge amounts of sunlight. Those living in packed spaces with little light source shouldn’t be discouraged in their plant-growing journey, for they can still be plant-parents if they factor in changes in interior design and put in a good amount of research.
Adopt your plant baby
Once you’ve figured out the ideal places for your plants, it’s time for the main event: picking your potted baby from the nursery garden. Beginners may start their green thumb journey with pothos, a forgiving plant that also earned the moniker “devil’s ivy” because of its resistance to death. As you become a full-fledged plant mom, you can then transition to more complicated plants like Boston ferns, gardenias, and miniature roses.
If you’re inching towards a plant that can also be your culinary companion, herbs like basil, thyme, or rosemary would be great greenery options too. Just pluck some fresh leaves and you can have a generous garnish over cooked meals.
Get your gardening gears ready
Taking your newly-bought baby home requires a huge responsibility already. Repotting it is entirely another matter. Expert says that you have to view pots as part of the furniture that could complement or clash with your interiors. Consider spaces and the plants’ forms to help you decide whether two different types can be displayed right next to each other. Then, it’s time for the dirty work. Whip out your trowels, hand snips, and hand cultivators–tools that you will constantly use in your plant parenting.
Owning an ornamental or an edible houseplant does not only mean getting IG-worthy snaps, but it also entails its share of hard work. Separate the plants according to the type of soil they would need for your potting convenience. It’s also best to know when the soil needs watering or when you’re overdoing it–both of which are big no-no’s when taking care of plants. If your soil can be molded like clay, that’s a telltale sign of overwatering. Likewise, when your plant’s soil just loosely breaks up, water that thirsty plant ASAP!
Incorporate them in your lifestyle
Your plants demand some needs that a human baby requires too. Did you know that the plant’s soil needs calcium as well? In lieu of milk, you may dust some crushed eggshells over the soil like some sort of gardening fairy. You also must regularly look out for your babies and work your schedule around them, especially if you have to be away for long.
Caring for plants and taking them home are the start of taking responsibility for another life as an adult. Aside from the aesthetic purposes that plants bring to our homes and to our curated social media feeds, they also provide a clearer air to our surroundings and to our headspace, making them even more precious for every plant parent out there.