Plant tips for beginners

Plant tips for beginners

Now that springtime is rolling around, you may be tempted to buy some new plants for your room. If you’re confused and don’t know which to get, here’s a list that will help!

 

Spider Plant

Spider plants are one of the easiest plants to keep and maintain. Coming in both variegated and non-variegated, these adorable plants grow at a rapid pace, but they won’t grow any bigger than the pot you put them in. Spider plants like to have their roots snug, and, depending on the size, may need to be watered once a week to once every few weeks.

 

They do not like direct sunlight, and can still flourish while in a hanging pot, and seem to prefer it. Once they reach maturity, spider plants will start to branch off at the bottom of long leaves. You can safely snip these off with scissors and keep growing them in water to become a new plant, or you can throw them away.

 

Amaryllis 

Amaryllis are larger plants that can grow to between a foot and two feet tall. The actual flowers are between four and ten inches wide, and can be an array of colors, from white, yellow, and pink, to a bright red. You can buy these as the bare bulbs or already planted, and if you choose to purchase a bare bulb, choose the biggest. This ensures they will grow larger plants and more flowers.

At first glance, Amaryllis plants seem to die after their flowers have. However, they can continue growing if you correctly promote growth. After flowers have died, cut them off, and once the stem turns yellow, cut that off as well. The bulb will continue to grow new stalks and flowers as long as you care for it in the right way. These plants require high amounts of sunlight and should be placed in a sunny windowsill.

 

Bromeliad

Bromeliads are incredibly interesting plants with strangely shaped cups in the middle that resemble blooms. They are fairly resilient but do require humidity and a lot of sunshine. They have long, sharp leaves and typically prefer shallow pots. 

Bromeliads don’t need much water, and don’t need thick potting soil. Orchid potting soil and other things similar are all that it wants! Bromeliads are susceptible to root rot and pests, so make sure to keep the cup clean and don’t let water get too stagnant in the cup or the pot itself.

 

African Violet

African violets have quite the reputation as divas that are picky about the amount of water they have, but with the right attention, they bloom for long periods of time and appear very happy, brightening a space with their color. As a warning, once unhappy, they will droop and die quickly, so make sure to take care of your African Violets. 

The most common color is purple, but there are other colors like pink and white, or variegated. African violets are beautiful and really lighten the space that they’re in. They also require a lot of humidity, like bromeliads, and so they may not be suited for dry air. They perk up quickly after being watered or put in the right amount of sun.

 

Grass Plant

There are a lot of types of grass plants that are to be kept indoors, and they’re not just your boring yard grass, either! They can be all manner of different colors, including green, yellow, and red, or even light pink. They’re very resilient and can handle almost any environment. 

Grass plants are extremely easy to care for, and perfect for people who can’t pay too much attention to their plants or forget often. They need to be watered about once a week, but some only need water every couple of weeks, and they don’t take up much space, as they normally grow vertically and not horizontally. 

 

Any of these plants would be good to stay in your room, but these aren’t the only ones you can grow! Do research online and make sure the plant you pick is the plant for you.