How many of you have a plant you tend to and care for? I do! I’m a new-ish plant mama and I love it. Now more than ever, it feels like we’re in the midst of a plant phenomenon (thanks Instagram!). We’re seeing plants all over the place, and not just your standard houseplants. There’s rubber plants, snake plants, succulents, fiddle leaves – you name it, some Instagram influencer has it plastered on their feed. But can you blame them? Plants are such a joy!
After admiring plants of all shapes and sizes I decided to take the plunge on purchasing a new one. I settled on the Pothos Ivy potted plant (pictured above). Aside from its etherial look, it’s a relatively low maintenance, sturdy plant that doesn’t require a ton of direct sunlight. The most important thing I did before picking up any old plant from my local nursery is starting with research. If you’re considering a new plant, starting here will help you save a headache down the road.
If you’re in the market for a new plant, I know it’s easy to get overwhelmed or overly excited with all the plant options out there, but here’s a few tips to help you pick the right plant for your home and personal temperament.
1. Home and Sunlight
This is the easiest place to start! Understanding how much sunlight your home gets will impact the research you do. For example, once you observe you only get direct sunlight from your windows 1-2 hours a day, you can search for that in Google. Not only will you get plants that do well with moderate direct sunlight, but you’ll also get care tips. Look here for sunlight tips!
2. Consider Your Ideal Care-Level
Once you have a plant in mind, do research on its care needs. Care varies for every single plant. Some require watering multiple times a week, others need a good watering once a month. Before you get too hyped on a plant, consider what you’re willing to put into it.
Watering your plant once or so a week may seem like no biggie at first, but once the newness wears off it can be a burden. Consider this because it will happen! If you don’t care to spend your time watering plants all day look for a lower maintenance option – they’re out there!
Pro Tip: Don’t get discouraged if your new plant loses some leaves once you bring it home. This is normal! It takes them a few weeks to get acclimated with the new environment. Keep showering them with love!
3. Consider Your Home’s Inhabitants
Plants are lovely and can really brighten up a space, but let’s not forget our home’s other inhabitants like pets or children. In your research, make sure the plant you’re eyeing isn’t poisonous if consumed by a child/person or pet. If you’re still set on getting the plant, set it up in a spot out of reach for animals or small hands.
4. Shop Local
If you can, try to shop at a local plant nursery. With the recent boom in the home plant industry, you can get plants just about anywhere, which is great for accessibility but not as great for your small businesses specializing in plant and plant care. If you have a nursery near you, check it out and consider supporting a small business.
Even if you don’t purchase from a local nursery, I recommend still stopping by. Plant nursery employees are very knowledgeable on all things plants. They can answer questions and help you identify something that’ll work for your home.
5. Give Your Plant a Home
Once you’ve picked your plant, you’ll need to give it a planter home. There are many options out there and going by looks alone can be detrimental to your plant. Before you get going, read this blog post real quick.
Now that we’re educated on how to pick a planter, it’s time to select one (my fave part). You can obviously go the more expensive route with West Elm or CB2, but personally spending that much money on a planter isn’t my style. You can find all kinds of trendy pots at Target, Home Goods, Marshalls, and even on Craigslist for a budget-friendly option. Here’s a few of my favorites right now:
- White Planter + Natural Wood Stand via Target
- Brass Gold Planter via Target
- Ceramic White Planter via Target
- Concrete Gray Planter via Target
- Stoneware Planter w/Orange + Gold Stand via Target
I hope these plant tips are helpful in your search. Happy plant hunting!