How To Overcome Your Struggle With House Plants

I’ll be the first to tell you that I do not have a green thumb. Over the years, I’ve killed my share of houseplants; mostly due to neglect. 

I recall bringing home clippings thrown away by the landscapers at work and rooting them in water and later planting them in soil. I would nurse those babies until they grew nice and strong!  

And then, I would forget to water them! And I’d forget for a week or two until there was no coming back for them. 

I was bad!

I am getting much better.  Currently, I have four Spider Plants.   Actually, there’s one mother and three offspring.  

Spider Plants are supposed to be some of the easiest plants to maintain. My biggest challenge with the mother Spider Plant was figuring how much water was needed and how much sunlight to provide. 

What Worked For My Plants

Research states that Spider plants should not receive direct sunlight.  So, I relocated the plants near a window in the living room where they would get low to medium sunlight. 

To help with the watering situation, we purchased Self-Watering Globes. These glass globes can be filled with water and stuck into potted plants to provide water as needed for up to two weeks. 

After trial and error, I am happy to say that I am seeing new growth and my Spider Plants look much healthier.


In the end, I read a ton of articles on how to care for houseplants. Here’s what I learned:

1)      Do research before buying house plants.  Understand if your lifestyle and home environment is compatible with successfully caring for a house plant

2)      Determine the plant’s need for water, sunlight and fertilization

3)      Be prepared to groom, re-pot and control plant pests

Finally, enjoy the beauty that healthy houseplants will add to your home!


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