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How I Became A Plant Lady & 3 Tips To Start

I don’t know if I have mentioned it here on Northern Feeling, but for those of you following along from the Kreativ K days, you might remember how I always thought I had a brown thumb. Well, I killed a lot of plants, there’s no denying that. And I don’t know if to say that my thumb turned green, but I certainly have learned a few lessons regarding taking care of greenery. So today I thought, I’d share how I became a plant lady & 3 tips to start and that helped me to keep the greens alive!

 

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Can you tell this one is an artificial fern plant??

 

I used to have mainly artificial plants around the house, just because I did not want to invest in any more real plants. They’d end up in the garbage eventually. I still have a handful and really like them. But I got tired of the fake plastic look it gave to my overall decor. And if you’re like me, loving fresh greenery and real plants in your home, don’t let a brown thumb hold you back!

 

How I Became A Plant Lady & 3 Tips To Start

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Tip #1: 

Buy “hard-to-kill” plants!

I started with succulents, cacti, aloe vera, snake plants & rubber fig . These are great to start with, because they need very little water and care taking. They don’t mind going two weeks without water, it’s actually even better to underwater than overwater them.

They need a bright spot but not direct sunlight, although my succulents have managed well in the sun too.

You can also find them at your local plant nursery, and might be able to ask the gardener there for exact care taking instructions.

Also: Plants with thick fleshy leaves store water in those which means they need very little watering.

 

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Tip #2:

Make watering a habit by setting a day!

I usually clean my house on Thursdays, dusting off shelves, deep vacuum cleaning, etc.  Now I’ve incorporated watering my plants into that routine as well. I skip the ones that don’t need water every week and check, simply by feeling if the soil is still moist or not. But the watering and taking care part has become part of the weekly routine, whether I actually water them or not.

 

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Tip #3: 

Have your watering can visible! 

I bought a pretty watering can with a small spout to fit into the smallest succulent pots and it is so pretty that I incorporated it into my decor! It is sitting on my mantel beside a snake plant, just looking pretty and silently reminding me of watering each Thursday!

 

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There are still a ton of tips and ways to keep your house plants alive, and I don’t consider myself a gardener by any means. These three tips have helped me to start adding house plants to my decor and keep my house plants alive and happy. I still have two or three faux plants around the home, but the benefits of real plants are the following:

Some benefits of houseplants:

  • Studies have proven that houseplants are good for your health and improve concentration and productivity
  • Plants improve indoor air quality by absorbing toxins
  • They add life to your decor
  • Increase the humidity of the air around them

 

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Snake Plant: most plants take away oxygen at night, but this one gives oxygen at night!

 

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Rubber Figs are low maintenance plants and their leaves can absorb air toxic chemicals

 

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So, don’t let a brown thumb hold you back from having real plants in your home! Believe me, they add such a nice touch to any decor. While there’s still so much to read about though, I did get more confident! And I enjoy having plants around the house so much!

I hope you’ve enjoyed today’s post, Thanks so much for stopping by!

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Michelle Leslie
    04/03/2019 at 1:19 pm

    Great tips Katrin, nothing beats the real thing and they’re so rewarding too. I love the planter you’ve used for the snake plant BTW. Is it woven or knitted?

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    Mary
    05/03/2019 at 12:58 am

    I am so proud of you my former fellow in brown-thumb-hood. These are all great comments and maybe I will follow you on this path and redeem myself one day. But not now where we are living in the land of limited sunshine.

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    Kim~madeinaday.com
    08/03/2019 at 6:14 pm

    Great tips! I had mostly silk plants as well because I had a cat. We moved last week and the cat stayed behind with a friend so now I can have real plants! Pinned & sharing! Thanks for the tips. Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! We hope you will join us again next week!
    Kim

    • Reply
      Katrin
      12/03/2019 at 6:54 am

      Yay to real plants, but I hear ya, our bunnies eat everything they can reach, luckily they’re outside.

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    Julie Briones
    09/03/2019 at 6:55 am

    Love your first tip, Katrin… “Buy ‘hard-to-kill’ plants”. 😉 Thanks for sharing at Homestyle Gathering!

    • Reply
      Katrin
      12/03/2019 at 6:55 am

      Yep, that’s how I got confidence, haha!

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    Amy
    12/03/2019 at 2:08 am

    Brown thumb over here! I am terrible with indoor plants. We don’t have many good sunny spots in our home, but I would love to have a couple of live plants inside. I love the idea of using a pretty watering can as part of your decor – a constant reminder. That’s perfect! Thanks for sharing at Sweet Inspiration!

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      Katrin
      12/03/2019 at 6:58 am

      Thanks so much Amy, it really helps me having the watering can right there on the mantel visible!

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