7 Tips To Keep Your Plants in Tip Top Shape

Promise, it’s not as hard as it seems.

Having indoor plants can lower stress, improve air quality, and boost productivity. However, not all of us are born with green thumbs. It’s a learned process that takes time and patience, which is why we created this guide to get you going on the right path. Check out these tips to get your plant parenting skills up to par, and let’s go green! 


  1. Safety first

Did you know that some plants can be dangerous for children or pets? English ivy can provoke rashes, easter lilies can make your cat sick, and daffodils’ bulbs are toxic for any pet. Know your audience, and always check the plant’s risks before buying. 



  1. Soulful soil

Picking good soil for your plant is key for growing in a healthy environment. Thankfully, we have a lot of budding gardeners amongst the Influenster ranks, so we know which is best. Pick up Foxfarm’s Organic Potting Soil Mix for the best results for indoor plants. Does your new housemate need extra help? Earth Juice should be your go-to for fertilizers.



  1. Let there be light

Observe where you want to put your next plant at the day’s three stages: in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Once you know what you’re working with, pick a plant that’d be happy with that level of lighting. Don’t have much sunshine in your place? Some plants don’t require much light—or you can always pick up a plant-growing light bulb to make the sun shine, whatever the weather.



  1. To water or not to water 

The best time to water plants is in the morning or evening. However, early birds are best suited for this task because morning watering allows the plant to dry before dusk. While we’re sleeping, water will pool around the roots and possibly on the leaves, enhancing the risk of rot. Of course, good drainage helps with that, and that’s our next tip.



  1. Drainage is key

All plants need a drainage pot. We wish you could pick any cute planter, but that’s not realistic. If you have your eye on a pot without drainage, you can always use a basic plastic liner and hide it with your new beautiful purchase. To help with drainage, you can also use hydro granules in your soil to keep your houseplants hydrated and fed around the clock. This product by Soil Moist is a crowd favorite.



  1. Plants quarantine too

When you bring a new plant into your home, it’s always best to isolate it so that it doesn’t accidentally spread insects to your other protégés. Quarantine them in a separate area for a couple of weeks before placing them closer to your other houseplants. 



  1. There’s an app for that

Never forget to care for your plant again with Garden Manager, an app that’ll remind you when you last watered your plant and when you need to do it again. Garden Planner is also a great tool if you need a full-on journal. Not sure what kind of plant you just took home? LeafSnap will tell you. It’s also able to assess what’s wrong with your plant, although we hope that’s a strong impossibility after reading this article.



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