I’ve noticed a remarkable change in my home since I started bringing houseplants and flowers into my family’s living space. The air seems cleaner, we’re healthier, and the people who visit our home comment on how the plants make them feel more relaxed. But let me warn you: not just anyone can live with plants and flowers, and doing so requires care, attention, planning, and a little green thumb. Thankfully, since I’ve done the legwork for you, I’m here to share my best tips for living with plants and flowers.
Why Bother Caring for Plants and Flowers in Your Home?
Plants can be an excellent addition to your home and life. You’ll want to consider the benefits of having a healthy, green indoor environment:
- Plants help purify the air in your home. The process of photosynthesis captures carbon dioxide and gives off oxygen that we all need to survive. Over time, plants also remove toxins from the air around you that could otherwise make you sick or cause damage to your health in other ways.
- Live greenery indoors is proven to boost moods, and who doesn’t want that? A recent study found that participants experienced less stress and depression when exposed to plants than those who weren’t.
- According to an article on Trees.com, 93% of older Americans say keeping plants helped their mental health during the pandemic.
Caring for House Plants and Flowers
Low-Maintenance Plants vs. High-Maintenance Plants
If you’re a beginner, we recommend starting with plants that are not too picky about water and sunlight. Most houseplants will thrive in the average California home or other locations with similar climates as long as they get enough light each day. However, if you want something more exotic like an orchid, it’s best to start small until you know how much TLC your new plant requires.
Water, Sunlight, and Affection for Your Plants
Watering is one of the most important aspects of keeping houseplants alive over time. Most plants need watering often because they grow faster than their roots can absorb water from the soil. We recommend watering your plants when they feel slightly dry on top of their soil. If there’s no visible moisture left or your soil becomes soggy after watering, then it’s time to report them.
Be sure not to overwater your plants because they might die from root rot.
How to Get the Most from Cut Flowers
Cut flowers are a great way to add some life to your home, but they don’t last forever. That’s why it’s essential to:
- Store them in a glass of water with a few ice cubes
- Please place them in a vase filled with water in a sunny window
- Add floral preservatives to the water every few days to keep them fresh
How Many Plants are Too Many Plants?
There is no such thing as too many plants! Seriously. Plants are like people with different personalities and needs. The flowers you can have depends on how much light you have. If it’s sunny enough (at least a few hours), then pretty much any flower will take off in your home with adequate water.
However, some flowers may not grow well if it’s not bright enough outside. For example, Cacti like lots of sun while succulents prefer shade or indirect sunlight like under trees.
We hope that you’ve found this post helpful to go out there and buy some house plants today.