How I Went From Plant Killer to Plant Mom

Ladies! Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to houseplants? Does it seem like every time you bring a new plant home, it inevitably dies? But you still find yourself walking up and down the aisles at Home Depot staring at the selection of plants. You hesitate and sigh because you don’t want to spend the money on yet another cute plant that you could potentially kill. So you settle for the faux plant instead because at least that one can’t die, right? I’ve been there. But today I’m here to offer a little bit of hope.


I’ve had my share of fails too and I’m still learning. Once upon a time I had a cat and every time I brought home a new plant, it didn’t take long for her to start nibbling. I had succulents, a Christmas cactus, a spider plant, a cute plant with tiny little white flowers. They all died. But it wasn’t entirely the cats fault. Some died from bugs. Some I just plain neglected and some were scorched by the sun. I was starting to lose hope that I may neverhave houseplants.


But then I started asking questions and listening to the wisdom of others who are more experienced than me. The knowledge I learned were game changers. I went from notoriously killing plants to actually keeping them alive. As my confidence started to grow, so did my collection of houseplants. I believe yours will too after these three changes I made.


  1. Spray them.

When they are in the store, you don’t know what they are exposed to. In my experience I brought home my new plant and I did exactly what I was supposed to do. I watered it every week and made sure it had enough light. Well, I discovered that there’s a tiny little white bug that will literally suck the life out of the plant. After weeks of consistently watering it, I found that the soil was alwaysdry and the leaves just weren’t perky like they should be. So I watered it yet again in hopes it would revive. Not long after that, and to my horror, I noticed little webs. I quickly reached out to my friend and she said trash it immediately, it is too far gone.


What I learned is to spray them with a bug killer that is safe for houseplants. Since then, I haven’t had a problem. Now when I bring a new plant home, I spray it immediately. Every once in a while, though, I’ll see a web forming and that just means I wasn’t thorough enough and I make sure to spray it down. I spray the top of the leaves and the bottom. I still keep a very close eye on it.


  1. Pay attention to your plant.

Get to know your plant. Some will start drooping if it’s thirsty. Some will change color if it gets too much light. It’s kind of trial and error but watch your plant and learn to listen to the signals it’s giving you. I learned a lot from She checks the soil before watering and will stick her finger to the first knuckle. She’ll also feel the top soil if it’s loose and that’s a sure sign that it’s dry and ready for more water. She also explains to make sure to give it enough water to allow it to grow sufficiently.


  1. Do your research.

Whenever I bring home a new plant, I research everything about that plant. What kind of light. How often to water it. What signs to look for. How to get it to grow big. What kind of soil it needs. When I got my umbrella plant, I looked up everything there was to know about them. When I do that, it helps me to have a better understanding of what I just got.


When I started these steps, I went from having one truly successful houseplant to having eight. The more I’m able to keep alive and keep growing, the more confident I become. Houseplants are gonna die. But that’s part of the learning curve. You wouldn’t have learned about your plant if you hadn’t learned what not to do with it.


Got any tips up your sleeve? Let me know! I’d love to try it out and see if it works for me too.




The Leal’s

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