Everything’s Coming Up Green: How to Keep Plants Alive

Many people struggle with keeping their plants healthy and alive. If you think that you have a black thumb, do not despair, we have the answer to your problems. Below, you will find some simple steps and tips that you can follow, regardless of the type of plants you own. Learn how to keep your plants as healthy as possible and never worry about killing your plants again. Visit GivingPlants.com to shop a fresh selection of plants, or read more to learn about choosing what’s right for you.

Choosing the Right Plant

The first step in keeping your plants alive is ensuring you choose a hardy plant. Take a moment to look through the various Giving Plants that we offer. Each one is carefully chosen for its durability and ability to thrive in varied climates. As you will see, many of the plants that we carry are succulents and cacti, since these are some of the easiest plants to care for. They require very infrequent watering and are very difficult to kill – yet, they are still available in a wide range of vibrant colors and beautiful shapes. Bamboo plants can also be fairly easy to care for, as they are basically a sturdy type of grass. They make great indoor plants and are often placed on desks or shelves.

Garden Wall Lucky Bamboo

Garden Wall Lucky Bamboo

At the other end of the spectrum, Bonsai plants can seem difficult to care for; though, the main difficulty with caring for a bonsai tree is ensuring it gets an adequate amount of water. If you want a plant with more color, there are many hardy flowers to choose from, such as this multi-colored flower terrarium. The small size of the terrarium allows you to place your plant just about anywhere.

Glass Bubble Terrariums with Lichen Moss Kits

Glass Bubble Terrariums with Lichen Moss Kits (so many colors!)

After choosing a plant, you need to understand how to properly care for it. There are essentially three parts to keeping your plant healthy. These three aspects include the pot or planter that it is placed in, the amount of sunlight it receives, and how often it requires watering. If you can get a handle on all of these areas, then you should never have to worry about killing your plant. Temperature is typically only a factor when choosing plants for growing outdoors. If you decide to place your plants outdoors, then make sure you pick plants that are appropriate for your climate.

Choosing the Right Pot or Planter

If your plant is in a container that is too small, it have difficulty getting the nutrients and water that it needs to thrive. Additionally, as your plant grows, you may need to move it into a larger container. Typically, when you purchase a pre-potted plant, you will not have worry about transplanting your plant for at least one year. When checking the moisture of your soil, if you notice that the soil is drying up at a quicker rate than usual, it may be time to upgrade your planter or pot.

Giving Your Plant Sunlight

It is a common misconception that all plants require a great amount of direct sunlight. The majority of plants will only need moderate sunlight throughout the greater part of the day. This means that you do not need to position your plant directly against a window. Just make sure that it is located in area the receives sunlight for 6 to 8 hours of the day. Consider placing your plants along an east or west facing window. Kitchen windows make a good spot for small herb gardens, such as this Herb Basket Gift Plant. As a bonus, you will always have fresh herbs on hand.

Watering Your Plants

The watering of plants is where many people develop their black thumb. Plants such as succulents and cacti require very little water, as they have the ability to store water. For other varieties of plants, the watering schedule will vary. It is a good general rule to remember to check your plants on a daily basis. If you notice droopy or wilted leaves and foliage, you may be watering too often or too infrequently. Examine the saucer below your pot or the drainage of your planter. If there is a considerable amount of water, you are watering too often. When watering your plant, pay attention to how much water you use. Wait a couple of hours and check the soil for moistness. If the soil has dried up, then you know you need more water each time you water your plant. Every couple of days, stick a finger about an inch into the soil. It should remain moist, but not soaked.

By following these steps, anyone should be able to develop a green thumb. Caring for plants may not be as difficult as you originally thought. Take the time to properly monitor the moisture of the soil, inspect your plants for signs of decay, and ensure they get proper sunlight. With the correct care of plants out of the way, you are free to begin browsing our assortment of fun and lively plants, whether you purchase them for yourself or as a gift. Start shopping our selection of Giving Plants today.


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