What to Know When Choosing Your First Plant
by Jilana Thomas·
Do Your Research First
Start your plant care journey on the right foot by planning for a green collection that will suit your space and lifestyle.
To know which plants will do well in a beginner’s home, start by assessing the light levels in your space.
The 411 on Light Levels for Plants
You can determine which direction your windows face by using a compass app on your phone, or checking where the sun rises (east) and sets (west).
Bright Light: East, West, and South-facing Windows, and proximity to light
Low Light: North-facing windows, dim corners, and a moderate distance away from a light source
Direct Light: Proximity to a light source, in the direct path of the sun, and East, West, or South facing windows
Indirect Light: Partially shaded windows, and the interior of a room
How Much Maintenance Can You Handle?
Take a moment to think about your lifestyle, habits, and schedule. What kind of care routine can you commit to? Do you need pet-safe plants?
If you travel often or tend to be forgetful, a plant that needs regular care will struggle. If you prefer a routine, you may enjoy a plant that requires more frequent care.
After taking your time and environment into consideration, you’ll have a good idea of which plants you’ll be able to confidently care for. Here are a few of our recommendations:
Medium or Low/Indirect
* a Pet-Friendly plant
These picks are beginner-friendly based on their levels of resilience, sensitivity, and minimal needs. Be sure to understand what an individual plant requires before committing to it.
Have The Supplies You Need
Once you’ve decided what plant(s) you’re ready to welcome home, having the supplies you need to get started can make the most of your new journey:
- Pots (the same size as current pot, or no more than 2” larger)
- Water Can (Pro Tip: having the can visible and ready with water makes it a memorable habit! Read more about the best water types to use here)
- Mister / Spray Bottle (For plants that need humidity)
- Soil + Potting Supplies (Most plants won’t need this care until Spring or Summer, but it’s always great to have on hand)
Getting Your New Plants Settled
Since transportation to a new environment can be stressful, allow your new plant to rest once you’ve brought it in. It’s common for it to wilt or even lose leaves as it adjusts. Place it in a spot where it can hunker down in proper light, and away from drafts and vents.
Watering Your New Plant
After about 48 hours, if the leaves are wilted and the soil is dry, your plant may need to be watered. Check the moisture level by sticking your finger into the soil at least two inches.
Be sure to follow the recommended care for your specific plant. It may be helpful to make note of the date you watered it so you don’t water again too late, or too soon.
Repotting Your New Plant
While you can put your plant into a new planter right away, we recommend allowing it to adjust for 1-2 weeks before repotting to reduce extra stress on the plant. In general, it’s best to repot during spring and summer. You can also place its nursery pot inside a decorative planter until you’re ready to take that step.
Tell yourself, “I got this!”
Say it like you mean it - because we mean it, too. Go in with the mindset that you can do this. Be encouraged and affirm your ability to care for this living, growing organism.
“I am capable of and look forward to learning this new skill.”
“It’s okay to make mistakes. Plants are as resilient as I am.”
“I trust that I will get the resources and support I need.”
Take comfort in knowing that we’ve got your back! Find support in our community classes (link), blogs, and Office Hour consultations (free with every Grounded plant purchase)! We’re rooting for you! 🌱