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Misconceptions About Caring for Indoor Plants

Properly caring for indoor plants can seem daunting, but it doesn't have to be! Most people think they need to have a green thumb or be an expert gardener to keep their plants healthy, but this isn't the case.

With some knowledge and effort, anyone can successfully care for indoor plants. These are some misconceptions about caring for indoor plants that you shouldn't believe.

Misconceptions About Caring for Indoor Plants

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I LOVE Indoor plants!

Well actually, I love all plants. But my indoor plants keep me happy all year long. Tending to my plants is how I practice mindfulness and meditation. It's a simple act of watering, pruning, and inspecting that puts me in a happy place. And the reward is happy plants and even a few flowers all year long.  

But many people like the idea of plants but don't think they have what it takes to keep their plant babies alive. Here are a few reasons people think they fall short and can't grow indoor plants. 

You Need a Green Thumb

One of the most common misconceptions about caring for indoor plants is that you need a green thumb. While having a green thumb may make caring for plants easier, it's unnecessary. With some care and attention, anyone can successfully keep their plants healthy.

You Need To Water Them Constantly

One of the most common indoor plant care misconceptions is that you must constantly water your plants. Too much water can be just as harmful as too little water. Be sure to check the soil of your plants before watering them to ensure they actually need water.

Lighting Isn't Important

Proper lighting is crucial for indoor plants. Most plants need at least six hours of sunlight each day to thrive. You may need to purchase a grow light if you do not have a spot in your home that gets enough natural light. These lights mimic the sunlight that plants need and can help them grow and thrive.

Related: How To Help Your Indoor Plants Grow

You Can't Grow Fruit or Vegetables Indoors

Many people believe it is impossible to grow fruit or vegetables indoors. However, this doesn’t have to be the case! You can grow plenty of fruit and vegetable plants indoors with the proper care.

Some fruit and vegetables you can grow indoors include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Lettuce
  • Peppers
  • Herbs
  • Eggplants
  • Strawberries

Herbs Don't Grow Well Indoors

While some herbs may not thrive as well indoors as they do outdoors, plenty of options do pretty well when grown inside. These plants just require a bit more care and attention.

Some herbs that do well indoors include:

Indoor Plants Are Expensive

While some indoor plants can be pretty pricey, there are plenty of options that are quite affordable. Avoid purchasing plants from big box stores, as they tend to be overpriced. You can often find good plant deals at your local nursery or garden center. You’ll find better deals and a wider selection of plants if you shop around a bit.

They're Hard To Keep Alive

While some indoor plants may be difficult to care for, there are plenty of options that are easy to maintain. Just use some indoor plant fertilizer, water the plants regularly, and give them plenty of light, and you should have no problem keeping your plants alive and healthy.

Don't believe the myths and misconceptions about indoor plant care! Caring for indoor plants doesn't have to be complicated. With some knowledge and effort, you can successfully keep your plants healthy and thriving.

And when in doubt, ask a professional. The employees at your local nursery or garden center can give you the best advice on caring for your specific plants.


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