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3 Rules To Keep House Plants Alive


        Indoor house plants are always something that people say “oh I’ll just kill it, so why bother” but I think that with a few helpful tips anyone can enjoy beautiful plants throughout their home.  I am a complete and total beginner when it comes to gardening and taking care of plants but it is something that I really enjoy doing.  It’s so rewarding to see them grow right before your eyes and they make a space feel so fresh and fun. And hey, if you end up killing a plant or two don’t be hard on yourself, just keep trying. These are a few tips and tricks that I’ve learned along the way that have helped me grow big beautiful house plants in my home and I hope they can help you too!


1.     Sunshine, Sunshine, Sunshine!

This is an obvious one but an important one to remember.  When I first started buying house plants I was so excited to put them in the prettiest spot I could find.  This meant in the kitchen, by the front door, basically everywhere that didn’t have direct sunshine.  I quickly realized that without being near a large window the plants were dead or dying in the matter of days.  Along a window sill in a bedroom, on a table near a large window, or wherever in your home that has roughly 6-8 hours of direct sunlight a day is your best bet.  


2.     Rotate your plants throughout your home

Every month or so move your plants to a different spot in your home.  I find that if one of my plants isn’t growing the way I’d like it to or it looks a bit wilted, I’ll simply find a different home for it.  Whether you move it to a different room in your house or to a table in another spot in the room, a different location will help.  I’m not even sure why this works but it does! Either the amount of sunshine it’s getting isn’t correct or the spot it’s currently in is the wrong temperature/climate.  It’s also a great way to switch up the look of your house and make everything look fresh again.


3.     Find the right soil

My final tip is to find the right soil for your plants.  To be honest I always just thought “dirt is dirt… is it not?” Actually though, the type of soil makes a huge impact on the growth of your plants.  Eric is actually the one who taught me this but, when you re-pot your brand new plant you want to use the right soil that will give you the correct amount of drainage.  Aka, when you water your plants the water is going to reach your plants either sooner or later depending on the soil type.  So if you are trying to grow a cactus, for example, you want to use soil that will drain slower because cacti prefer minimal water.  The best way to figure out which type of soil you need is to tell someone at your local greenhouse which type of plants you are growing and they will get you the soil you need. 


            There’s obviously way more tips and tricks on how to grow indoor plants but these are the ones that have really worked for me. What’re your tips? What’s your favourite types of plants to grow indoors?



xo Sara

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