Apartment and Plants 101

in , , by FroBunni, Sunday, August 23, 2020
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This year, I became a full-fledged plant mom. In my tiny 600 sq. ft. apartment, I have 15 plants. To be honest, it’s not much compared to some Instagram accounts I follow, but nonetheless, they make my space greener and brighter. If you want to be a plant parent, here are some tips that I’ve learned over the last year.

  1. Mix Potting Soil and Orchid Potting Soil for Healthy Plants: Ideally, you shouldn’t use indoor potting soil for indoor plants because the soil can get too compact and wet. It’s better to make your own, but a lot of online how-to’s were complicated and expensive. Solution: mix 1 part potting soil to 1 part orchid potting soil. This mix works well for most indoor houseplants, and it’s easy to make. Not to mention, it prevents fungus gnats…
  2. Yellow Stickies and Aquarium Gravel to Prevent Fungus Gnats: I dealt with fungus gnats for most of 2020. They’re harmless, but annoying. I tried everything to get rid of them, but the best solutions were the DIY potting mix above, yellow stickies to capture the adults, and a layer of fish rocks to deter them from laying eggs.
  3. Plastic vs. Ceramic or Clay Containers: Part of the reason for the overwatering? I switched to plastic containers after using ceramic and clay for some time. Either or is fine, but plastic containers hold on to more moisture longer, so consider watering your plant less often.
  4. Planters: A lot of planters don’t have drainage holes, which you need to keep the plants’ roots from rotting. Unfortunately, planters with drainage holes aren’t always pretty. Solution! Get a planter with drainage holes for the plant, and place that planter in a slightly bigger decorative one. Baskets also work!
  5. Every Plant Needs Sunlight: I see a lot of articles about plants that thrive in low light. This means shade or indirect sunlight, not a dark room. I know this seems obvious, but I’ve had a lot of people ask me what plant does well in the dark.
  6. Clean Your Plants: Whenever I water my plants, I like to give them a little shower to clean the leaves. Dust on the leaves inhibits the plants’ ability to get sunlight (even in full sunlight). Keeping the leaves clean prevents this.
  7. Buy Your Plants Online: I don’t have a car, so getting plants can be difficult. Thankfully, there’s many places that you can buy plants online like Lively Root, Bloomscape, The Sill, and more!
  8. Fake It If You Can’t Make It: Having plants in an apartment is great, but it’s not for everyone. Some people don’t get the adequate light needed for those plants to thrive. Others don’t have time to take care of them, even succulents and cacti. So, if you’re constantly struggling, there are real looking fake plants to consider if you still want a green space.

What tips have helped you take care of your plant?

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