Let’s face it, there is a whole houseplant craze going on right now and for those of us who were born with a natural black thumb, it can be kind of bummer. Maybe you have already attempted filling your home with plants only to have them wither away. Perhaps you are a newbie who wants all the tips before getting started. Either way, don’t worry there is still hope! After having killed a plant or two all on my own, I have recently realized that being a plant parent can actually be way simpler than I was making it. Here are 6 simple things you can do to go from houseplant killer to plant pro in no time.
*Quick note: we may earn a commission at no cost to you when you click on our recommendations.
Create space for your green babies
There have been so many studies that show that clutter in our homes actually adds to our anxiety and stress levels. On top of that, there have been studies that show that plants respond strongly to their environment. What does this let us know? That we should probably work to cultivate a more peaceful, clutter-free home for ourselves and our little plant babies.
If you feel like you could use a little clutter reset, you’ll love my FREE 3 Day Clutter Reset Challenge designed to help you feel totally refreshed while creating space in your life and home.
Before you bring in any plants, make sure you’ve created space for them. After all, we all need to take up a little more space in order to grow into our best selves and it’s kind of hard to take up space when we’re surrounded by crap.
If you have limited space, don’t worry, there are tons of ways to create space for plants in a small home.
Get yourself the Google app
If no one has told you about Google Images on the Google App then you are missing out.
Ok, maybe you’ve heard about Google Images, but have you ever considered using the app to help with plant care? It makes caring for your plants so simple and helps you feel like a plant pro in no time!
Step 1. Download the app
Firsts thing’s first you’re going to need to download the Google App if you don’t have access to it already on your phone.
Step 2. Access the image feature
Once you have it downloaded, open your Google App and click on the icon that looks like a small camera to access Google Images.
Step 3. Take a picture of your plant
Choose one of your current houseplants to snap a photo of in the app. You can see that your camera will begin to recognize different features of your plant. This way it can find like-images on Google to help identify what plant you have.
Once you have a good focus on your plant you can click the shutter button to search.
Step 4. Find what you need
Once you click the shutter button Google will begin searching for images (don’t worry, this takes like a nanosecond). Instantly you’ll see potential photos of what your plant might be as well as different things that are commonly searched for about it.
Take a moment to identify which plant you feel most resembles yours and then you can either use the search options in Google Images or do a more specific search on your type of plant.
Do some intel
When you first get a new plant, especially if it didn’t come with any prior instructions, it can be a good idea to get as much information about it as you possibly can. You know, kind of like when you’re dating someone new. It’s good to learn all of the things so you can proceed with some background knowledge.
Go through the steps listed above in Google Images and get as much intel on your plant as you can.
Here are some good things to search for:
- Does it require a lot of light?
- How much does it need to be watered?
- Is there a certain room in the house it would do best in?
- What type of planter should it be in?
Sticky note instructions
Once you have some basic knowledge, write it all down on a sticky note and leave it with your plant for the first month (or so) as you adapt to taking care of it.
Here’s what you might want to write:
- Name of your plant
- How much water and sunlight it requires
- What the dampness of the soil should be
Having all of this information right next to your plant can be incredibly helpful. If you check the soil and it’s overly dry but your sticky note says to keep it slightly damp, then you know it’s time to water!
Not only can this make taking care of your plant easier, knowing all of this information can also help you get an idea of where in your home the plant might fit nicely.
If it needs lots of light, be sure to get it in a room that has good light exposure. If it requires less light, maybe you can use it brighten up a darker corner. Some plants are thought to be better in the bedroom to help with air circulation (and keeping the energy high-vibe)
If you have already gone through the heartbreak of buying 8 new plants with the high-hopes of keeping them all alive only to have them slowly die off one at a time (maybe I’m speaking from experience), then that’s a good sign that you might want to dial it down a little bit.
Start by entrusting yourself to the care of one low maintenance houseplant. (I started with the ZZ plant)
By taking the time to trust yourself with one plant, you build you confidence when it comes to plant care. Beyond that, you will get a better idea of what exactly it takes to care for a plant. Hint: they are wait more low maintenance than we think they are!
Research before you water
In the past whenever I would notice any slight shift in the appearance of my plant, I would assume it needed more water even if it was a plant I knew didn’t require much water. If the leaves started drooping or curling, I would go into a panic and just throw water at the problem.
When you start to notice that your plant isn’t looking top-notch anymore, a quick internet search can help give you peace of mind and direct instructions on how to treat the problem. (If there is one.)
Now that you know the name of your plant a quick Google search for your plant name and the specific problem. Here’s a recent search I did:
ZZ Plant leaves curling
What I previously would have assumed meant my plant was shriveling up and dying and in need of water actually meant it was getting too much sunlight. This made total sense since I had been placing it directly on the window sill for the last week instead of on my desk nearby.
After learning this little tid bit of information, I moved my plant out of the spotlight a little and into a place where it can recoup a little better.
What’s working for you?
Is there anything else you have found to be incredibly helpful when it comes to turning a black thumb green? If so, be sure to share in the comments!