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How to Go From A Plant Killer to a Green Thumb Veteran

Do you know some people who just happen to grow the most beautiful indoor plants and outdoor gardens with ease? How do they do that?

How to Go From A Plant Killer to a Green Thumb Veteran (1)

Well, you can, too, with a few basic, grow-it-green rules. It may seem intimidating at first, but anyone can master the art of having a green thumb. Once you begin to see these gorgeous plants thriving and adding texture and lushness to your home and property, you’ll be excited to keep on going and adding new plants of interest. Our green thumb experts are sharing some of their favorite inside/outside gardening tips.

Not Too Much H20

When it comes to house plants, most people mess up by overwatering. Indoor plants do not require an abundance of water. In fact, you should wait until the soil is at least half-dried out before watering again.

You could also try a portable plant watering device for both indoor and outdoor plants that automatically maintains optimal soil moisture level via capillary action. That way, you can take the guesswork out of when to water and achieve the ideal moisture balance.

Light Does Matter

When you’re looking for an indoor plant to add to a favorite spot, first consider the light source. Generally speaking, a south-facing window offers you the most light, and a northern-facing window gives the least amount of light.

A pretty plant is not going to thrive in your home-based only on what it looks like. Make sure that your home offers the proper lighting for the type of plant you’re purchasing.

Talk Shop With Experts

You can do tons of research on growing indoor and outdoor plants on Google. You can also stop by your local plant shops and nurseries and ask the pros who work there for some recommendations.

They’re happy to share ideas and tips on becoming a green thumb and the best products to use in your soil such as pure sulfur to encourage things like stem growth, healthy roots, and disease-free plants.

Perennials For The Return

Another way to become an instant, savvy gardener is by choosing plants that can go the distance. For instance, if you grow outdoor plants that can withstand a variety of conditions and still come up every season, then, that’s half the battle.

Perennials such as ornamental grasses are an excellent choice for beginning gardeners. For one thing, these plants don’t need a lot of water, and they look tall and elegant even when the wind is blowing. Ornamental grasses also come in pretty hues to accentuate any landscape.

Plant A Dwarf Tree

Many folks believe that planting a tree can be a daunting task, but if you choose a dwarf tree and plant it in a large pot, it will add beautiful texture and interest to a favorite spot on your property.

Make sure that you select a dwarf tree that is the right type for your hardiness zone. Also, don’t forget to water and fertilize your potted tree because it will require extra nourishment.

Dwarf trees can grow anywhere from five to 10 feet tall.

Don’t Re-Pot Immediately

Plant experts say that most indoor plants enjoy being cramped in a small pot and grow faster this way, so don’t rush to repot your plant.

Their advice is this: Young and fast-growing plants should be repotted every six months to a year and the older plants every few years.

You can also try this tip to see if your plant needs repotting by inspecting its soil ball.

Invert the plant, and hold your hand over the soil. Now, gently tap the pot’s edge on a table to loosen the soil. If you can see the roots with little soil covering them, then it’s time to re-pot.

Have A Gardener’s Toolbox

That’s right. Make sure that you have the proper tools for gardening. A few of these essentials include gardening gloves, hand trowels, garden fork, hoe, spade, rake, loppers, and pruning shears.

Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. Have fun with indoor and outdoor plants, and soon enough, you will develop that much-envied green thumb in the neighborhood. You can grow it green, friends!


LIzzie Howard

Author Bio:  Lizzie Howard is a Colorado native who after graduating from the University of Colorado spends her time as a freelance writer.  When Lizzie isn’t writing, she enjoys going on hikes, baking for her friends and family, and spending time with her beloved yellow lab, Sparky.





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