• Thursday Tip-Off: Caring for Houseplants

    Our Thursday Tip-Off series is a weekly set of tips, suggestions, and tricks for making you a better-informed person. You're welcome.

    This week, our theme revolves around taking care of houseplants in winter: how to keep them alive and the best ones to buy.

    Photo by Emily Johnston

    1. If you're just starting out with plants, you probably don't want to dive into anything too complicated, like outdoor plants. Especially in the winter. If you're absolutely horrified at the prospect of caring for plants, start small. Succulents are virtually impossible to kill and available almost anywhere these days. Air plants are also an option if you'd like some greenery with minimal work; they can survive without dirt, making taking care of them nearly foolproof. If you'd like some true houseplants, there are a ton of leafy greens that are perfect for winter and hard to murder. Anything along the lines of aloe, ivy, and ficus plants are all easy to care for.

    2. One big problem for houseplants in the winter is the dry air. To save your poor, dehydrated plants from getting too parched, mist them with water throughout the day, whenever you get the chance. Just that little extra bit of water on top of their scheduled watering will help keep them as fresh as can be. If you want them to be extra hydrated, fill a tray with stones. (Make sure there are multiple layers.) Put enough water in the tray to cover the bottom layer of stones while keeping the top layer dry, then place your plants on the top layer. Voila! Homemade humidifier.

    3. Since it's dark and sad in the winter, make sure you keep the light in mind when it comes to your plants. Sunlight is going to be different in the winter than in the summer, so you may need to adjust where your plants sit/hang. This may require that you rearrange the house a little but it's totally worth it for non-corpse plants.

    4. Even though it's winter, your plants still don't want to be overwatered! Make sure to only water them when they're "thirsty." This means that their soil is completely dry if you stick a finger in. It's as simple as that!

    5. If all of this is making you rethink your decision to keep houseplants, make yourself a teeny, tiny terrarium instead. Everything will live forever and if you do manage to kill it (hey, it happens), you can buy yourself new plant supplies for less than a new nail polish.

    6. Make fake plants that will never die.

    Photo by Leah Goren

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