#HappyLife: Finding the plant that works for your household’s environment
SPOKANE, Wash. — Gardening, whether you start with a plant or a seed, can be stressful when you head to the store. So many options and which to pick?
Picture this, you’re at the gardening store with so many pretty flowers. Of course, they all have their true names like geraniums, perennials, and annuals. But to the basic person who doesn’t have a green thumb, they’re all just plants.
So where do you even start?
If you’re a first-time gardener or just looking for something simple. Experts recommend picking something low maintenance to start.
“This is a geranium, this is probably the most common plant that we do. It just requires – it’s pretty tough, so it doesn’t require quite as much water as every other plant and it does have just as much fertilization,” said Kelsi Caston, assistant greenhouse grower, Ritters Garden and Gift.
Experts also said petunias are good as a training ground.
“These particular ones are called super-tunias. They’re really good for you containers on the ground because they get really full, and big and beautiful,” Caston said.
If those two plants still seem like too much work for the timid gardener, there’s always the rubber houseplant. It’s a real plant, don’t be fooled by the name.
“You don’t have to water it a ton, it doesn’t have a whole lot of pest problems, and it can still thrive in bright light and relatively dim light,” Caston said.
Knowing your way around a store will also help you as you’re shopping around. Every greenhouse is organized in some way think of it as a sorting tool to get to what you need.
“Our front room is mostly sun plants,” Caston said.
Once you’ve got the plant you want, you just need to keep it alive long enough to thrive.
It’s easy, just make sure you pot it when you get home.
“Get it down in there, make sure it lines up right and it’s in the center,” Caston said.
You can also add fertilizer. Most importantly, don’t forget to water it!
“Stick your finger down in there – maybe up to your first or second knuckle, just depending on the plant. If it’s a little dry in there – it’s definitely time for water,” Caston said.
Experts said during the summer your plants need to be watered once each day, sometimes twice in peak heat hours. You’ll know when your plant has enough water when it’s just starting to leak at the bottom of the pot.
“That’s what we’re looking for,” Caston said.
Still stressed out? Hey, don’t forget – there are always sales associates waiting to give you a helping green thumb.
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