How relaxed are you about bringing a plant into your home? Do you do it without a second thought, or do you spend hours fretting until you’ve made a well-considered choice? For some people a plant feels like a new pet or housemate. And you need to look after them carefully, both now and in the future. But that burden is much less heavy than you might think. A bit of water, light and love will get you a long way. You really don’t need green fingers in order to have plants in your home. You just need to pay them a little attention.
The amount of water that your plant needs depends on how thirsty it is. But generally you can reckon on a decent splash of water once a week. Some plants like to have their leaves misted a bit, whilst others prefer a layer of dust on their foliage. Some like to be watered with a watering can, whilst others like to be submerged. Are things getting too complicated? Stick a watering list on the fridge where you record the preferences of each plant (you can give them their own names). You can also use handy watering meters.
Are you more of a summer person, or an autumn lover? Plants also have a personal preference, and in their case it’s particularly about the amount of light and heat they enjoy. Generally speaking, most plants don’t like standing in direct sunlight all day long. They do like partial shade. Most plants don’t like excessive temperature fluctuations or cold either. So with your central heating set to at least 15 degrees all year round you will have sorted this aspect as well.
This is probably the easiest part. Sing them a song, do a dance and whisper that their leaves look beautifully green. The more love you give, the more you get back. Because plants are not just very beautiful additions to your home - they also help to make you feel better. So you can breathe fresher air, sleep more peacefully and have someone waiting for you when you get home after a long day. Definitely thanks plants!