Super Busy and Kind of Lazy Become a Plant Person

June 30, 2023 0 Comments

I killed a plant last week. I watered it, maybe too much, moved it from window to window, admired its thorny leaves and its ability to reach the sky seemingly effortlessly, then, maybe overnight, when I wasn’t looking, it turned brown and died.

I smothered it with too much love. (Don’t get me started on how this could be a problem in my life.)

Rest in peace with my plant whatever it is. Now I’m determined to kick-start my houseplant parenting journey again. You already know the benefits of keeping plants: they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen (basically the opposite of us), which leads to cleaner air, which often leads to a better mood and a more concentrated focus for us, the parents of the plants. Plus, they are so pretty.

With the help of Sara Garza-Barnes From Frond Plant Shop — the ultimate cool plant shop in the Ultimate Cool City of Austin, Texas – we’re breaking down the 101s on how to become a plant man for the super busy, a little lazy and maybe a little intimidated.

“Having plants around me is very inspiring when it comes to my art, and they are an absolute must for home design,” says Sara. “Whether you have 100 or just a few, plants can really improve a space.”You can certainly do it. Not only are plants an affordable and eco-friendly way to decorate your home – they add a dose of color and life to any corner — but they are also better for your overall well-being. Count on us. Now let’s get down to the basics.

So you’ve never owned a factory. Where do you start? (Tip: put down the fig with violin leaves.)

Welcome friends of all thumb colors! First of all, says Sara, figure out how much time, space and effort you can reasonably give to your new plant babies. Do you travel a lot? Are you a bit of a flake, not sure if you are able to maintain a regular watering schedule?

Then pay special attention to the access of your home to sunlight. “Look at the lighting in your room at different times of the day,” says Sara. “When is it the brightest? In which direction is the window pointing? Are there a lot of trees outside? Or is there a direct view from the sky?”All these factors determine the type of plant that best suits your sun situation. Don’t worry if you are stuck between two high-rise buildings. Some plants-think Pothos, snake plants and ZZ plants—thrive in low light conditions.

What are the best plants for beginners?

Sara especially likes to pair the heart-leaved Philodendron with new plant relatives. Why? “They are very versatile with lighting conditions, it is quite easy to tell if they need water, and they grow so fast! Peperomias are also very good plants for beginners. They are not toxic to pets and children and are quite hearty when it comes to watering.”Add to this List the low-light lovers mentioned above, as well as succulents, cacti, Jade, ivy and umbrellas.


Which plants are best for plant owners to leave veterans?

Uh, I’m talking about you, fiddle-leaved figs. “Fiddle-leaved figs should be on this List because they are known for their high maintenance,” says Sara. “I think that people often underestimate the brightness of the light in their home and that these plants need good light.”

“Ferns can be tricky too,” she says. “If you’re not used to having houseplants and you forget to water these guys, they get crispy pretty quickly. But if they do, it’s not over for you! Continue watering and cut off all dead fronds. You should see new growth in a week or two.”

What other lifestyle factors should be considered before investing in plants?

  • How often do you move? “Moving can be stressful for plants,” warns Sara, “but as long as you try to give them an environment as close as possible to what they are used to and adjust their watering schedule accordingly, they will do well.”Phew!
  • What about other parents-children and pets? Many indoor plants (including some of our favorites such as Aloe Vera, Bird of paradise and Calla lily) are toxic to four-legged friends. Therefore, it is essential to know which ones are safe. As for children, often simple plants are not intended for playing, Do not touch the posture to keep children away.
  • Do you have a strict travel schedule? If you let go and often leave your baby plants alone at home, more drought-tolerant plants are the way to go. Try ponytail palms, spider plants or, of course, succulents.

Are there any telltale signs of Yes, that’s it, I really killed it against a plant that could be resurrected?

It turns out that too much love can kill something. “If your plant has been watered too much, it is gone,” says Sara, because the excess standing water in the plant causes the roots to rot. But even then, you may be able to save him. “If there are any green pieces left, you can cut them off and try to root them again.”

If you have the opposite problem and you have underwatered your plants, continue watering (now! come on!) and give them some time to resurrect. “If you don’t see any progress after a few weeks, it probably won’t come back,” Sara says.

Any parting words from our plant expert?

For those who are new to the indoor plant game, Sara insists that you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with plants that attract you. “Sometimes it takes a bit of trial and error to bring it down. Just start small and do as much research as possible on your new installation.”

“There’s so much to learn about plants in general, and when you bring them indoors, there’s a delicate balance between light and water that you have to find for each of them — that’s pretty fun for me,” Sara says. “I like to see them grow and change. I love how calm and beautiful they are, but they are doing awesome things — scientific things! Everyone is so unique and as they grow in your space they take on a whole new meaning for you.”

“But sometimes they die. And that’s okay, because I hope you’ve learned what the plant needs or what you could do better.”

Amen. Now excuse us while we water our plants-but don’t water them too much.

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