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Houseplant basics: everything you need to know about buying, owning and caring for plants

Want to become a fully fledged plant parent in 2021? Here’s our guide to getting started.

Plants, plants, plants. Whether we’re obsessing over them on Instagram, shopping for them online or caring for them IRL, it’s safe to say that houseplants have well and truly taken over our lives.

However, if you’re new to the wonderful world of houseplants, getting to grips with ‘plant mom’ life can be a little confusing.

While buying a couple of plants in your local garden centre is pretty easy, knowing what they need and which ones suit your space is a little tricker. 

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So whether you’re interested in buying a new plant for your desk, want to learn how to repot a plant which has outgrown its container or simply want to know which plants would look good on your Instagram feed, we’ve put together this guide to all our best plant-related content to help you get started. 

How to pick the right plant for you and your space

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Picking the right plant for you isn't as straightforward as it seems.

Buying a plant isn’t just about picking the one you like the look of – to ensure you’re able to give your plants the environment and care they need, you’ll want to do a bit of research first.

If you’re a complete beginner, there are plenty of low-maintenance plants which look great and happen to be easy to care for. There are also succulents to consider (which tend to be easy no matter what) and some easy-care flowering plants, too.

However, if you’re up for a challenge, you might fancy picking up an unusual plant that tends to need a bit more TLC to thrive.

Next, you’ll want to consider what area of your home you want your plant to live in. Different plants like different light and humidity levels, so choosing the right plant for the right spot is essential if you want them to remain nice and healthy.

From desk plants to hanging plants and those that prefer low-light conditions to taller plants for open spaces, there truly is a plant to suit every kind of space. 

On the other hand, you might be looking for a plant to suit a certain aesthetic. Check out our guide to the best colourful plants to brighten up any space, and our go-to list of those that’ll help you achieve the ‘retro’ look.

Finally, if you’re looking to gift a plant to a friend or family member, opting for a plant with meaning is a nice extra touch.

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Where to buy plants 

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You can buy plants from a number of different places online and in store.

When it comes to buying plants, there are plenty of different places to consider. While most plant shops are currently closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, many offer great online services which allow you to buy new plants without stepping out the front door.

The big online plant shops offer a wide range of plants with next day delivery, but if you’re willing to wait, shopping with one of the smaller, independent shops is a great way to support local businesses – especially at a time when so many are under strain.

If you want the responsibility of choosing a new plant taken off of your hands completely, you might consider paying for a plant subscription box instead.

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How to display your plants

A hanging plant indoors
Hanging plants are a great way to add dimension to a room.

Once you’ve bought your plants, it’s time to think about how you’re going to display them in your home. After all, one of the main appeals of houseplants is their ability to brighten up a space – and accompanied with the right pot, they look extra special.

Speaking of pots, there are loads of different types to choose from – check out our round-ups of raised planters (pots with legs), quirky pots and hanging pots for some inspiration to get you started.

Alongside pots, there are other, more unique ways to incorporate plants into your home too. Terrariums are a beautiful, self-contained way to add a bit of greenery to a room (although you may need to pick up a few extra bits to make one at home) or you could try and put together your very own garden room.

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Taking care of your plants

A plant being repotted
Once your plant has outgrown its pot, you'll need to repot it into something bigger.

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