If your reading this article chances are you aren’t the best plant mama on the block. Don’t worry neither am I. I love plants and greenery and all the love and mojo of having living things in my environment, but I am terrible for taking care of them and knowing what each plant actually needs. My usual strategy is water when it looks like its dying and that is probably not the best way to make my plants thrive. That is why I designed a plant planner page to log all the info your going to find out about your plants
As you can see my plants are not living their best lives. They have yellow tips, they are kinda droopy and the don’t really grow! I currently have 14 houseplants. 3 are spider plants and 2 are pothos, I also have wandering jew, aloe, peace lily, umbrella tree, natal lily, climbing fig, chinese evergreen, african spear and an airplant!
Until recently I didn’t know all the names of my plants or what they needed to thrive.
I usually just water when they look dead and hope for the best. But something inside me wanted to be a better plant mom so it involved some research first.
Some of my plants were given to me and some I just threw out the tag that comes along with a new plant. So the first step to taking better care of my plants was to know what kind of plants i actually had!
You may be a better plant mama than me and already know the names of your plants. If that’s you, then congratulations! Your ahead of the game. If your like me and have no clue you can use an app to figure it out. I used the free app Picture This to help me identify the plants that I didn’t know.
Next came tracking it. I designed a cute plant planner where I marked down the plant names. Then the research part started; How moist or dry should I keep the soil? How often should I water to keep the soil that wet or dry, fertilizing schedule, what environment does the plant thrive in and any other notes that you can think of. I like to track when to repot and when a plant typically flowers.
Getting to know my plants is key to being a better plant mama and now I have a plant planner page I can reference with best practices.
I moved the plants around the house to accommodate their environment preferences and I started planning 2 days a week to check my plants soil to see if they need water or not according to each plants watering needs.
A few plant tips that I have learned over the years:
- Dust your plants every couple of weeks. I use a cheap fluffy makeup brush I got from the Dollarama to be gentle and effective at getting the dust off so that the plants can create all the good plant things through their leaves.
- Mist your plants monthly to give their leaves a nice little dewy drink. In nature plants love to be rained on and a little misting gives them that feeling and gives them some love.
- Give your plants a shower once a year in the spring. After a long winter it is always nice to wash all the dust off and just give them a fresh wash through to start the growing season. For larger plants you probably want to do this outside with a hose, but if you have a big enough shower go for it! this is one of my favorite things to do
If you’re interested in helping yourself to love your plants more. Download the free printable planner PLANT CARE LOG to get you started.
Let me know what kind of plants you have and any other plant tips in the comments below.