New Year’s is an opportunity for many of us to “turn over a new leaf” and become a better version of ourselves in the coming year. From setting and keeping our boundaries, to meditating, to even eating more pizza, most of us have at least one thing we want to change for the better in 2022. And if we're plant owners, why should we limit that positive change to ourselves?
No matter if you have one, two, or twenty succulents, monsteras, ivy, basil, aloes, and/or bonsais, plant a smile on your face (pun intended) by following our 5 New Year’s resolutions for your plants that are both easy and measurable. Green is the 2022 Color of the Year, so fill your space with happier, healthier, greener plants that will match your new year glow. We want to see your “I’m sexy and I grow it” story or picture. Post one in the comments below!
- Water your plants with room temperature water
Water that is too hot can harm your plant’s roots and eventually kill it, while water that is too cold can slow your plant’s functions and prevent or stop its growth. Ideal temperatures range anywhere from 62° to 72° but research the appropriate temperature for each of your plants for best results. Leave a pitcher out for a few hours until it reaches room temperature or use a thermometer to measure the exact temperature before you soak those roots.
- Don’t play musical chairs with your plants
In the wild, plants grow where they are planted, so you should avoid moving them around in your home where possible. Transplant your plants to bigger pots as necessary, but pick a spot in your home that has a steady temperature and appropriate amount of sunlight, and allow your plant to assimilate undisturbed. If you must move your plant, or realize there may be a better spot for it to grow, start by moving it to the new spot for an hour or two each day, and increase by an hour every few days.
- Become the gourmet chef your plant has always wanted and start a compost bin
While hummus is super delicious for humans, humus is super delicious, and nutritious, for plants. Humus is the dark, crumbly substance you get when plant matter is piled together and naturally broken down, and you can produce your own at home. This will have to be a longer term project; composting takes time depending on your method, and will require the necessary space, time, and effort. In return, it can save you a bit of money on fertilizer, it’s better for the environment, and your plants will definitely give you a 5-star rating.
- Like books on a shelf, plants need dusting too
No, no, put your microfiber duster away. Simply wet a paper towel and gently wipe any dust that has accumulated on the leaves, and for fuzzier plants, a wet toothbrush or paintbrush will work. This is also a good time to observe if any pests have crept onto your plants. If so, avoid using pesticides by instead running your plant under a faucet or shower head. Tip your plant to the side to avoid oversaturating your soil. Start cleaning your plants on a bi-weekly basis and adjust to more frequently if needed.
- If you can’t afford therapy, at least you can talk to your plant
Plants use CO2 from the air as a part of their process for photosynthesis, so it makes sense that releasing your breath, and relationship problems, near your plant will help it grow. Several studies have confirmed this long-held belief, including the one conducted by the Royal Horticultural Society, which found female voices helped plants grow faster than male voices, and both groups of plants grew faster than the control. Even if it’s telling them how adorable they are, devote 5 minutes a day to quality time, and talk, with your plants.