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It’s often said that nothing worth having comes easy, plant lovers know this isn’t the case. There is a plant breed out there for every skill level; whether you have never owned a plant before or you are a professional with an enormous urban jungle. Still, with so many varieties, types and requirements, it can be overwhelming.

Take a look at the PLNTS doctors’ tips and discover how to get started with easy-care PLNTS!

Step 1 – Pick your plant

So you’ve never had a plant before? Don’t let that put you off becoming a plant parent. A fantastic option for your first plant is the easy care cactus. It’s really impossible to go wrong with such a low maintenance plant variety.

Get to know the plants that require a little less maintenance; some perfect starter plants are the piles which provides a nice simple challenge with all the satisfaction of seeing your plant grow. If you are feeling confident and want a more exclusive style, then the jewel orchid is the one for you.

Something like the zebrina or, a beautiful plant, is something you should try once you feel confident in your green thumb. It has very specific water requirements that may be overwhelming to a first time plant parent and this can damage the confidence of new plant parents.

Similar to the zebrina, the pearl necklace variety of plant requires a little more plant knowledge. Too much water and you risk killing it, plant newbies can find this hugely intimidating. So hold off on purchasing this more advanced variety until you have mastered the basics.

Not everyone has enormous amounts of natural lights in their space, or perhaps you want to brighten up a shadier spot in your home. In that case, the sanseveria will live a long time in full shade.

Step 2 – Potting

New potting soil is a key source of nutrients for plants, so you should make sure that you are repotting your plants at least once per year.

All plants require potting, but it really isn’t as difficult as it first appears. Just make sure that your plant potting soil is loosely put into the pot. Avoid pressing down hard to ensure plant roots have a little room to move.

have a look the PLNTS doctor’s complete potting guide

Step 3 – Watering

The very first challenge new plant parents face after unboxing BabyPLNTS is watering. This part isn’t so hard, simply unbox and place your plant in water for 10 minutes so it can get its very first taste of hydration.

The watering doesn’t end there, so have a read of the card that comes with your plant and find how much water is required. It’s always preferable to water your plant from below by placing the pot on a saucer with a little water on it. Your plant can absorb all of that lovely hydration through its roots.

Of course, now and again we all forget to water our plants. No one is perfect. If you notice your plant has dried out place your pot into an inch or two of water for around 10 minutes. This should get your plant back in tip-top shape.

A key tip to avoid root rot is using hydro granules, these little wonder solutions help to soak up excess water and prevent plant-root dampness.

– For those who are forgetful, a self watering plant pot can be the answer to your plant prayers. It takes the guesswork out of plant ownership and is a great shortcut to good plant health.

– Use clay pebbles as a quick and easy way to help your plants retain moisture. A layer of pebbles placed above the soil prevents as much water evaporating out of the pot.

Though this guide should help you become a watering expert there are going to be times where giving your plants the best possible life may feel like a struggle. Don’t forget you can always get in touch with or keep an eye on the community to receive assistance that is specific to the newest members of your collection.

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