Get the Green Inside Your House: How to Start

Having your own houseplants is an important step towards home improvement. The key is to start. Don’t immediately aim for an intricate garden plan. You might find yourself overwhelmed by what’s supposed to be a fun, rewarding side project and decide it’s just not worth the effort.

Reducing indoor air pollutants and therefore improving your home’s indoor air quality would impact more than just your house, but also your overall health.

Starting indoor plant has also been proven to help with mental health and moods. Aside from the visual aesthetics that plants provide, the activity of caring for living beings itself is something that could be greatly rewarding.

Green inside house

Seeing your plants thrive because of your attention and care could feel like a continuous accomplishment.

Start small

You need to start small—both literally and figuratively—in order for it to work sustainably. You can do this by choosing plants that are low-maintenance and doesn’t require your attention.

There are a huge variety of plants that require very little attention in order for it to thrive. Succulents and cacti are simply a fragment of a whole range of those plants perfect for first-timers.

Start with small, fist-sized pots that you can’t go wrong at. Once you’ve managed to get to know your first plants and care for them well, you can always get new, bigger pet plants later once you’ve get the hang of it.

Know your plants

Do your research. Starting out, make sure you note the essentials down; the soil and potting, the lighting, temperature, and how much watering your plants need.

Some houseplants could tolerate a lot of sun, some plants couldn’t. Some doesn’t need to be watered daily, some does. Once again, do your research and be mindful of the signs. These signs include leaf falling, leaf yellowing or browning. Cacti will turn soft and change colors if they are overwatered.

Know your plants. Read and consult with people who have good experience with houseplants. Save yourself future frustrations by doing research in advance.

Plants could improve your room’s humidity; that’s because they like their environment humid. One effective way to increase the humidity is simply by grouping your plants together instead of setting them far apart from each other.

You can also help your plants in the process by lightly misting your plants with water once or twice a day, depending on the type of plants.

Do not overwater

Overwatering can kill your pet plants. This is especially important to note if you decide to go for cactus or succulents.

Sometimes, it’s just difficult to wrap your head around the fact that your new pet plants require so little care from you. In most cases, cacti doesn’t need you watering them every other day.

So definitely keep the water to a minimum. Once again, do your research to get an idea on how a healthy plant should look like. Look for signs that your plants might be unhealthy. It could be a hit and miss for some people, but with good knowledge and mindful practice, you’ll be fine.