So you are planning to expand your family. Congratulations! This is a very happy time in your life, and you should soak up every minute of joy. At the same time, there’s a lot you need to learn about your new household member-to-be. Here’s what you need to know:
Learn Your Plant Parenting Style
You need to account for your plant parenting-style. Are you more of a helicopter mom that waters obsessively. Or more of the free-range type that leaves your young ‘uns to their own devices most of the time? Because that “indestructible” plant that thrives on drought may in fact be destructible in the hands of an overeager waterer.
It’s Not Just About You Anymore
Obviously, plants do not require the same amount of attention as pets or human children. You don’t need to take them for walks or feed them three times a day. Also, play with dolls after dinner. But you do need to learn to be mindful of their needs. Also, carve some time out of your week to devote to their care. Making plant care a part of your weekly routine is the best way to make sure it happens consistently. It might only take five minutes on Sunday mornings. But you still need to do it, every single Sunday, or you will not have a plant for very long.
Things Might Get Gross
Just like kids are sometimes gross and disgusting, houseplants can be too. I say this not to scare you off, but so that you can be prepared. When houseplants are suffering there might be a number of different symptoms, but the worst are mildew and insects, and both are typically the product of too much moisture. You can defend against dampness by testing the soil before watering and making sure your plant has adequate light. If tragedy strikes, insecticidal soap and diatomaceous earth are two of my favorite cure-alls.
You Won’t Want to Stop at Just One
Once you get your bearings and hammer out a good routine for your blossoming family, you’ll probably want to have more down the road. Plan on a whole big plant brood. For starters, plants look great in groups. And secondly, living with plants makes you feel good, and keeping them alive will make you feel like a rockstar.