House to Home with a Houseplant
There are dozens of little touches that going turning a generic living space into a cozy home. A few low-maintenance plants are an essential item for anyone trying to settle into their new place. If you’re anything like me, then the only things you can keep green in your apartment are the bread and any cheese that is placed in the refrigerator.
There are several things the account for when you are considering which plants to get for your place. Factors such as lighting needs and availability, watering needs (the plant’s, not yours), grooming and temperature are all equally important. I know it sounds like a lot to think about, but don’t worry. With a little work in the beginning, maintenance will be minimized.
Let’s start with lighting. From what I gather, lighting is the single biggest factor to having healthy houseplants. If you can, place your plant in a south or west facing window to maximize the direct sunlight hours. Thoroughly watering your new roommate, even if done sporadically, is a must. Don’t worry it’s not going to drown. Just keep adding water until it begins to drip from the drain hole in the bottom of the planter. It’s also important to keep your plants clean. Dust off the leaves. This will help ensure that it can adequately absorb light. This will also provide you with an opportunity to check the plant for any defects.
These tips should set you on the right path of plant ownership and get you one step closer making your place a home.