With life really picking back up in 2022, a lot of people who recently became plant parents had to learn how to juggle caring for their plants with spending more time outside of the home. The time that we may have had to care for all of our plants while staying home was altered by new work commitments, social life, and more. And while we still love our plants more than anything in the world, we realized it was time to change our outlook on the way we think about them.
Here are the plant care resolutions everyone should make for 2023.
Don’t Beat Yourself Up For Killing a Plant
Sometimes plants die. It happens to the best of us. And while we can blame it on ourselves, it’s just not worth it! There are so many factors that can cause a plant to die, and it may not even be your fault. Your home may be too cold or drafty during the wintertime, you may not have enough humidity for a specific plant, or maybe the plant you chose is too high maintenance for your lifestyle. (And it's not worth turning your home's climate and your life upside-down to accommodate a plant!)
So if you find one of your plants looking a bit sad and you can’t save it, don’t worry. It’s not the end of the world. Just take the plant death and learn from it.
Pick Plants For Your Space, Not Because of Trends
If you want to make sure the odds of killing a plant are really slim, you need to buy plants that work for the space you have. This means you can't buy a plant just because you saw it on TikTok and you think it looks cool.
No two environments are exactly the same which means that the environmental conditions will not be the same. You may want to add a fern to your houseplant collection, but if your home is super dry, it won’t really do well. If you have a plant that needs bright light but you only have one window and it gets just three hours of light a day, it will quickly look sad. Do some research before you purchase your next plant so you can choose one that will really thrive in your home’s conditions.
Choose Plants That Work With Your Lifestyle
If you’re always out and about or love traveling, you’re not going to want to get a plant that needs to be watered every three days. And if you love plants but your life is a bit hectic, you shouldn't try to force yourself to care for a needy plant. There are plants out there for you that will fit into your lifestyle. Cacti are great because you don’t need to water them very frequently. Pothos thrive with little care and look great on a shelf. And ZZ plants don’t need to be watered a lot, even in the summertime, because they store water in their rhizomes.
Go For Quality Over Quantity
Most plant parents are probably guilty of buying plants on a whim. And while having a ton of plants in your home looks absolutely incredible, it looks even better when they’re all thriving. Operating on a one-in one-out rule (i.e., if a plant dies or you give one away, then you can buy a new one to replace it) is a great way of caring for the plants you already have. Make sure your plants are super healthy by giving them the light, water, and humidity that they need. If you see a plant starting to look sad, try to figure out what it needs, whether that’s extra light from a grow light, fertilizer, or more humidity.
Schedule One Day a Week to Check on Your Plants
Even if you have plants that need to be watered at different intervals, picking one day a week where you really check on your plants is a great idea. You can carve out an hour a week to make sure they’re healthy. Check the soil for moisture, remove dead foliage, add extra soil, mist your leaves, rotate the pots, and more. Doing this weekly allows you to get to know your plants and understand if they’re getting what they need. For example, if you notice that a plant that usually only needs to be watered once every ten days is super dry, you can water it then. Keeping track of your plants is super important to maintaining their health.