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Houseplants Care

as a hobby

A beautiful plant is like having a friend around the house.

Beth Ditto

Houseplant care is a rewarding and relaxing hobby that can brighten up your home and improve your well-being. Having plants around can reduce stress, purify the air, and boost your mood. To get started, you need to choose the right plants for your space and conditions, learn how to water, prune, and repot them, and enjoy watching them grow and thrive.

Helpful content to start houseplants care as a hobby

We aim to provide accurate information, but errors might be found. Always exercise judgment and discretion.

Videos

Short visual inspiration.

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YouTube | HOUSEPLANT CARE TIPS FOR BEGINNERS » + printable guide
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YouTube | How To Be a Plant Mama 🌿 – Indoor Plants for Beginners
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YouTube | EASY HOUSE PLANTS FOR BEGINNERS
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YouTube | #91 Top 6 Common Indoor Plants That Can Grow In Water | Grow Houseplants Without Soil

Podcasts

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Spotify | Best Indoor Plants for Beginners
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Spotify | Ep#36: Common Houseplant Questions
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Spotify | The Beginner's Guide To Houseplants with Plant Whisperer Hilton Carter
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Spotify | Episode 02: Top 5 Houseplants for Beginners and Learning Kindness
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Spotify | Episode 6: Indoor Lighting and Supplementing your Light w/Miles Jonard
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Spotify | Episode 105: five houseplants for beginners
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Spotify | How to Plan a Garden | Ep. 70

Houseplants can improve your health and well-being. Studies have shown that houseplants can reduce stress, boost mood, enhance productivity, and purify the air. They can also lower blood pressure, improve memory, and prevent allergies.

Terms

Basic lingo for orientation.

  • Aerial roots: Roots that grow above the soil or water, usually from the stem or leaves of a plant. They help the plant absorb moisture and nutrients from the air. Examples of plants with aerial roots are orchids, monstera, and pothos.
  • Bottom watering: A method of watering plants by placing them in a tray or container filled with water and letting them soak up the water from the drainage holes at the bottom of the pot. This helps prevent overwatering and root rot. Examples of plants that benefit from bottom watering are African violets, begonias, and ferns.
  • Bright indirect light: A type of light that is bright but not direct, meaning that it does not shine directly on the plant or cause shadows. This is the ideal light for most houseplants, as it provides enough energy for photosynthesis without burning or scorching the leaves. Examples of places with bright indirect light are near a window with a sheer curtain, under a skylight, or on a shaded balcony.
  • Dormancy: A period of reduced growth and activity in plants, usually triggered by changes in temperature, daylight, or water availability. During dormancy, plants conserve energy and resources by dropping leaves, slowing down metabolism, or stopping flowering. Examples of plants that go dormant are bulbs, succulents, and deciduous trees.
  • Humidity: The amount of moisture in the air, measured as a percentage. Humidity affects how plants transpire, or lose water through their leaves. Some plants prefer high humidity, meaning more than 50%, while others prefer low humidity, meaning less than 40%. Examples of plants that like high humidity are calathea, philodendron, and peace lily. Examples of plants that like low humidity are cacti, snake plant, and spider plant.
  • Leggy: A term used to describe plants that have long, thin stems and few leaves. Legginess is usually caused by insufficient light, which makes the plant stretch towards the light source. Leggy plants can be pruned back to encourage bushier growth. Examples of plants that can become leggy are basil, mint, and ivy.
  • Propagation: The process of creating new plants from existing ones, either by seeds or by cuttings. Propagation can be done for fun, for experimentation, or for increasing your plant collection. Examples of plants that can be easily propagated by seeds are sunflowers, marigolds, and tomatoes. Examples of plants that can be easily propagated by cuttings are jade, rosemary, and begonia.
  • Root rot: A fungal disease that affects the roots of plants, causing them to become soft, brown, and mushy. Root rot is usually caused by overwatering or poor drainage, which creates anaerobic conditions for the roots. Root rot can be prevented by using well-draining soil and pots with drainage holes. Examples of plants that are prone to root rot are dracaena, dieffenbachia, and fiddle leaf fig.

How to start houseplants care as a hobby

First moves for getting acquainted and breaking the ice.

A few easy ways to overcome any inhibitions you might have and grow your first roots are:

  • Use the Planta app to choose your first plant, according to your location, the type of room and light, and your experience and goals.
  • Buy a home garden kit with everything needed: seeds, soil, pots, and instructions.
  • Grow plants in just water (without soil). All you need is an empty jar.
  • If you prefer a more immersive and inspirational first step, visit a nursery or plant shop near you, enjoy the atmosphere, and ask for advice.

Books

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How-tos

Step-by-step tutorials.

Articles

Further reading.

Websites

Go-tos for information.

Houseplants can reflect your personality and style. Houseplants can be a way of expressing yourself and creating a unique and cozy atmosphere in your home.

Movies

Nothing like a film for inspiration.

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YouTube | The Secret Garden (1993) – Original Theatrical Trailer

FAQS

Get a clue.

How do I choose the right houseplant for my home?

The right houseplant for your home depends on several factors, such as the amount and quality of light, the temperature and humidity levels, the size and style of your space, and your personal preferences. You can use apps like Planta that help you choose the right plant for you and your house, according to your location, the type of room and light, and your experience and goals. You can also ask for advice from nurseries and plant shops near you.

How do I take care of my houseplants?

There are many resources and guides available. The handiest solutions are probably plant apps that provide advice, help you track your care routine, set reminders, and even use your phone camera to troubleshoot issues.

Apps

Smart assistance.

Products

Essentials to have.

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YouTube | Spade To Fork | Indoor Seed Kit Planting – Instructional Video

Courses

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Near You

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Houseplants can offer endless variety and challenge. Houseplants are not boring or static; they are constantly changing and growing. There are thousands of different types of houseplants to choose from, each with its own characteristics and requirements. You can always learn something new and try something different with houseplants.

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Tips

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