3 Steps to Your Plant-Inspired Sanctuary
While at market this past Saturday, I realized I had been glossing over an extremely popular phrase among many who find their way into my booth.
"I'm no good with plants. I always kill them!"
Or some variation of that line. Anyone who has taken care of plants is familiar with some of the struggle involved in keeping them alive. But it's easier than you think!
For any of you who might be feeling the same way about houseplants, I thought I would go over some tips to help you overcome that fear.
1. Start with ONE.
Many people have explained to me how they've tried and failed to keep plants alive but there has also been an underlying theme among these "so-called" non-green-thumbs. They start with too many!
I get it though. I've done it too (with my outdoor garden). You're excited and there are so many beautiful choices. Instead, build your confidence with just one.
Pick one plant and become a subject matter expert on it! Become comfortable with how much light it needs and when it needs to be watered. Read up on its behaviors, how large it grows and typical problems common to this plant. (I thought my Calathea was wilting until I learned it was a prayer plant.)
Make this plant YOUR plant. Soon, caring for this one plant will become second nature and you won't even need to think about it anymore.
Congratulations! You are now ready to pick plant number two and start the process all over again. Slowly build your confidence and before you know it, you'll be standing, napping, reading, or namaste-ing in your own sanctuary of plant life!
2. Don't get discouraged...we've all killed one...or two...
The next thing I typically hear from those who lack plant care confidence is that they've killed one...and then never tried again. Yet somehow, this one attempt forever labels them as the Grim Reaper of all plant life. Give me a break and stop being so darn hard on yourself.
Plants can be finicky and unfortunately, they don't use words to tell us what's wrong before we turn around and they've gone kaput. I went on vacation last month thinking I had my plants squared away. When I came back all were fine except my cute little polka dot plant that had simply dried up beyond recognition almost. I'm thinking "what could have happened in a week?!" It happens. When my local plant shop carries them again, I'll get another one and try again.
I killed at least two more earlier this year before I realized that they were closer to the ceiling vents in my home than they appreciated. That spot was visually perfect though! It sat right behind my desk, viewable from the doorway.
After they died (one was a baby fiddle leaf fig - that did hurt a little), I got new ones and guess where I didn't put them. Besides, my business wouldn't exactly make sense if I'd sworn off growing plants forever after killing a few.
If they don't make it, you learn and try again. Don't give up!
3. Ask questions.
You don't have to do this alone! There is an ENTIRE community out there chock full of plant lovers, ranging from fanatics who have turned their home into a straight up jungle to those who enjoy just having splash of green here and there. I like to think I sit somewhere in the middle.
If you have questions, throw it up on a Facebook group page, visit a local gardening center, or simply Google it. There is bound to be a plethora of blog posts already up about whatever discoloration you found on a leaf or what to grow in a room with low natural light. I guarantee it's out there.
There are many reasons you might lack confidence in your plant-growing skills but in the age of information, ignorance should not be one of them! You got this!
I believe in you!
If you are, in fact, one of the many who are intimidated by owning plants, I hope these tips have encouraged you. There are so many positive reasons to have plant life in your home and the main message of Theory Beyond Design is how easy it can be to get started! YOU CAN DO IT! If you've started on your journey or maybe you still have concerns, comment below. I'd love to hear about it!