Becoming a Plant Parent

Updated: Oct 28, 2020

What you will need:

- Plant

- Flower Pot

- Potting Soil

- Fertilizer (optional)

- A Cup to Scoop Dirt

Step 1: Buy a Plant Baby & a Home

First thing's first, you need to find a plant & flower pot. A good rule of thumb for the size of the flower pot is for it to be a size bigger than the current pot your baby is in. This pot is a little bit small for this plant but since it is a relatively new plant I went ahead and used it. As your plant outgrows its pot, you will want to go for a pot that is a size and a half bigger.

Step 2: Starting Soil

Next, you will want to fill the bottom of the pot with just enough soil for the plant to reach the top of the rim. You don't want your plant to sit over the rim because then some of the roots will be exposed, which can stunt the plant's growth or kill it.

Step 3: Transplanting

In this step you will want to pinch & roll the pot to loosen the soil, this way when you take the plant out of its temporary pot it will come out easily. After you manage to get your plant out of its temporary pot, you will want to gently tear the roots apart just a little. This will encourage new root growth. Leaving the roots compacted will make it harder for your plant to root in its new home. If you decide to use fertilizer you will want to mix it in with your soil in this step.

Step 4: Filling in the Space

Lastly, you will want to gently pack the soil in the empty space around the plant to fill the pot. You do not want to push in as much soil as you can, but rather pack it gently full so the roots have soft fluffy soil to easily grow into. When you get to the top, you want to be able to put just a thin layer of fresh soil over the previous soil the plant came with. This seals in everything. After this you are finished & can repeat for all of your other plants!

Make sure to take pictures of the tags that come with your plant so you can be sure to care for it in the way it needs to be cared for- each plant is different! By giving your plants lots of tender loving care, watering them often, & telling them how beautiful they are, they are sure to grow big & beautiful.

Till next time,

Baeh :-)

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