I Wet My Plants

by Chelsea Etheridge
Let me begin with saying that I am in no way, shape or form a plant expert. I should be, my dad not only had a green thumb but a whole green hand, he was literally the hulk in gardening form. Sadly, that trait along with so many others was not genetic for me. I was on a streak of killing nearly every plant I had, until finally I’ve learned what works. I am in awe of these plants- their beauty and capabilities inspire me, plus…If I can keep these babies alive, anyone can!
Here are some of my favorite houseplants and how to care for them. These are great for beginners, they are low maintenance, and do not require ample sunshine or know how.
1. The Sansevieria
I have a few of these beauties. Some large and some small. The large ones need one cup of water every other Sunday and the smaller plants only need 1/2 cup water every other Sunday.
Sansevieria clean air better than most other indoor plants due to its incredible ability to absorb excessive amounts of carbon monoxide. Plus, they actually emit oxygen and filter other toxins from the air!! Amazing!
2. The Pothos
This is my oldest plant to date, my dad gifted it to me many years ago when I was getting really into houseplants. He probably was thinking, ‘surely she can’t kill this one.’ I love this plant. Pothos need water once a week.
Pothos plants are arguably one of the easiest plants to grow and actually thrive on low light and neglect (explains why he chose this one for me!) These plants serve to purify the air while also helping eliminate odors. Pothos can also help alleviate eye irritation after long days of staring at screens!
3. The Aloe
The key to aloe is to not overwater. Which somehow, tends to be my downfall. I think I’m so self-conscious of my plant killing that I try to be too on it and end up killing them. So, learn form my mistakes and only water these every third Sunday, just a little bit near the roots.
Aloe has a wide variety of health benefits including soothing burns and healing cuts.
While house plants are particularly trendy right now, and are a great way to brighten up any home, they also come with so many health benefits. Extensive research by NASA has shown that houseplants can remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours. Studies have also proven that indoor plants improve concentration and productivity (by up to 15 percent!), reduce stress levels, boost your mood and foster happy vibes— making them perfect for not just your home but your work space, too.
Keep a calendar, that way no plant gets forgotten and goes hungry 🙂 also, plant care makes a great chore for little ones!

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