Spring has finally sprung, and you know what that means….
It’s time to start a plant family!
Plant families are the way to go if you’re not quite ready for the responsibility that comes with a fur family or kids. They don’t poop, pee or even need to be fed! All they need is sunlight, a place to put their roots and a little water every now and again.
Don’t have a green thumb? No worries.
Everyone has the potential to become a successful plant parent. Sometimes one just needs to do a little bit of research. Nothing extensive; a simple Google search or glance at the little tag that comes stuck in the plant pot will do. You'd be surprised by the number of plant babies that actually require very little attention. In fact, some even do better with less!
There are a multitude of benefits that comes from having plants around. The following are just a few.
First of all, let’s be real…they make for some awesome, inexpensive and extremely versatile décor. Not only are they nice to look at, but they are extremely functional as well.
Having plants in the home has been associated with reduced feelings of anxiety and stress, increased happiness, sharper focus, better mental health and improved sleep. Plants give off oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, therefore purifying the air. Clean air contributes largely to enhanced sleep quality and mental clarity. In terms of increasing happiness, simply having something alive to give your time and attention to plays a huge role in reducing feelings of loneliness and depression. Plants are a great choice because, unlike pets, they are allowed pretty much everywhere.
Plants even have the power to reduce your grocery bill! Why spend money on herbs and certain veggies when you can grow them yourself? Not only can you grow tasty ingredients, you can also produce some natural medicine. Chamomile is known for soothing tummy aches and Aloe Vera can be applied to burns or added to smoothies for a health boost!
Okay, now that you're totally convinced of WHY you should start a plant family, It's time to make it happen with the HOW. The following steps will tell you exactly what you need to do.
6 Simple Steps to Starting A Plant Family
1. Do Your Research
If you’re looking for your plants to serve a particular purpose, such as increasing or decreasing humidity, treating certain ailments or producing something edible, then you’ll want to do a little research. Jot down their names and note what kind of care they require to ensure that you get the outcome you desire. If you don’t mind what specific functions your plants serve then you can skip this step, or simply look at the little tag inside the pot at the grocery store that tells how much light they need.
2. Pick a Spot
The second step is to pick an area of your home to put your plant family. Will they be a close knit family, or reside in different rooms? Do some like the dark while others like the sun? Are they hanging plants? You’ll want to make sure the spot you’ve prepared says, “Welcome Home” when you bring in the newest members of the family.
3. Pick Your Plants
Yay! This is the fun part. If you’ve ever wished you could choose your family, now is your chance. Look back at the research you gathered and make sure to pick the ones that are the best fit for your space, the amount of time you wish to commit and the benefits you wish to receive…or do what I do and select them primarily by appearance. Hey, sometimes the best things aren’t planned.
4. Purchase Pots and Dirt (if needed)
The next thing you’ll want to do is to find containers to put your plants in. A lot of times when you get plants at the store they are root-bound and more than ready to be placed in bigger, better pots. The containers don’t have to be boring or crazy expensive. You can plant your friends in anything from mugs, to glass tanks to buckets. You’ll just want to make sure that if your pot has holes in the bottom that you get a tray for the excess water to drain into. Otherwise, your plant might pee… Also, if you’re getting a bigger pot you’ll want to either buy potting soil or get some dirt from outside to fill the extra space.
5. Pour Them a Drink
Once you’ve gotten your plants all settled into their new space, you’ll want to give them a nice drink. Afterall, moving is exhausting!
6. Give Them Names
Alright, the final step is indeed the most important. This is when you officially make your new babies (or sisters or brothers or cousins, I guess) part of the family! Yep, that’s right it’s time to name them. There need be no rhyme or reason to doing this, so let your imagination run wild.
Congrats! You are officially well on your way to starting your own plant family. Whether you are shooting for an overall sense of calm and well-being, sprucing up the look of your space or hoping to get a snack out of your new friends, make sure you share the names you choose in the comments below and tag me in any photos that you post on Instagram (@plantfed_princess)!
I would love to see what you come up with and admire your clan from afar.