If keeping your plants alive has you feeling the same way many of us are feeling about 2020 (that is, not much is going to plan), you could use some basic pointers to help you find your green thumb. So we turned to Tiffany Ima, creator of Tiff’s Plant Journal and total role model in the indoor jungle Instagram world, to demonstrate how to keep plants alive inside.
One of the main takeaways she wants you to sear into that soon-to-be-green-brain of yours is around the repotting process. Any time you find a new plant baby that must to be part of your space, it’s necessary to give it a new start. That means removing from the container it came in, and giving it a new home in your cute planter of choice with fresh soil.
“I make sure to use a new soil that’s going to feed the plant for a few months,” says Ima. So pick up a bag of Miracle-Gro® Indoor Potting Mix, which feeds your plant up to six months and is designed to be less prone to attracting gnats* (every plant parent’s nightmare). Once you have your mix, Ima says to fill the pot about halfway with soil, create a little cave in the middle to place your plant, and then fill in around it with soil. It’s that easy.
If you’re on the fence about taking the plunge into plant parenthood, here’s why you should: “If anyone is out there and they don’t have plants yet, it really brings interest and joy into your home—so go out right now and get a new plant,” Ima says. The plant lady has spoken.
Tune into the video above for more tips from Ima on how to keep plants alive inside.
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*Contains no compost or bark, which are known to shelter fungus gnats.