How to care for houseplants if you don’t have a green thumb

Many people enjoy incorporating a houseplant or two into the design of their home, and with good reason.

The right plants can instantly brighten up your space, make a room feel more inviting, and even improve a room’s air quality. However, not everyone has what can be described as a “green thumb”.

If you don’t have the best track record of taking care of plants, you might just have given up. If so, you are missing an opportunity to have some really interesting design elements in your home.

The good news is that there are a few things you can do to successfully care for plants in your home, even if you’re not exactly an expert. Here are a few tips to help you care for houseplants even if you don’t have a great green thumb.

Choose the right plants

There’s no getting around the fact that some plants are just plain hard to care for. Plants like orchids and azaleas, while beautiful to look at, are incredibly difficult to keep alive. Unless you’re an expert, these plants probably won’t last very long in your home.

You may not be able to properly care for such challenging plants, but that doesn’t mean you should avoid plants in your home altogether. There are actually a variety of plants that are much easier to care for and that will thrive with very little maintenance. Many are also just as beautiful and pleasing to the eye as their more difficult counterparts.

For example, the Bird of Paradise houseplant is a great option for those who don’t have much experience caring for plants. They love sunlight so would do well by a window and only need a little mist every now and then.

Many people who want to have plants in their home put all their emphasis on watering their plants and not enough on the amount of light the plants receive. Sunlight is an incredibly important part of a plant’s ability to produce food for itself, so this is one point you really can’t overlook when it comes to caring for your plants.

Fortunately, most nurseries and retailers put a handy label on most of the plants they sell that states how much sunlight a plant needs throughout the day. Those that require quite a bit should be placed on a windowsill or within sight of a window. Others can be further placed in a room or in a corner where they get just a bit of light each day.

Having plants in your home is a great way to instantly brighten up a room and create a truly welcoming atmosphere. The right plant can complement any decor style and really bring a room together.

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