The Beginner’s Guide to Keeping Plants Alive

So you’ve decided you want to make the leap into parenthood. You’re not sure if you’re totally ready, but who ever is? You want to raise a little one of your own and we support that; you won’t regret having a plant (this is obviously the type of parenthood we’re talking about, and given that you’re on a plant website we figure you picked up on that).

If you’re embarking on this plant parenthood journey for the first time, it can be a little overwhelming. How often should you water your plant? How much sunlight does it need? Will it make friends in school? Not to worry, we’ve put together a quick list of the top issues new plant parents run into and how to deal with them. See below for how to keep your little plant babies alive!

Problem: Overwatering

By far the most common cause of plant death for new parents, overwatering is what we call ‘too much love’ syndrome. It’s only natural to want to make sure your plants don’t go thirsty but its important not to straight up drown them with love. If you see yellow drooping leaves, root rot, or soggy soil, its time to make some changes, stat.

Solution: Check your plant before you wreck your plant

Before you generously water you plant for the second time in two days, do a little check to see if it needs it. Stick your finger in the soil and if the top inch of the soil is dry, then your plant needs more water. Otherwise, leave it be. To help keep you from drowning your plant, consider repotting it and adding a drainage layer at the bottom with some planting charcoal. And for you techies who like straight-up automated options, check out HappyGrün’s self-watering pots.

Problem: Sun scorching

People aren’t the only ones who can get a sunburn. While your plants obviously need sunlight, there aren’t many that can tolerate direct sun. If you’re seeing browning leaves, your plant is getting a sun tan it doesn’t want or need.

Solution: Light without the bright

Place your plants somewhere they can get indirect bright light, and try a nice shelf or hanging pot so they can get light in style.

Problem: Pests (ugh)

Nobody likes pests…pests don’t even like pests. Not only are they gross but they can do some serious damage to your babies including leaving holes and residues that can throw off your plant’s growth. If you see any clues of pests hanging out on your plants, its time to act fast.

Solution: Attaaack! In a bio-friendly way

There are lots of non-toxic and natural approaches to getting rid of pests, including some trusty Gnatnix. Check back on our post about keeping your plants pest-free for more tips and tricks.

While you may run into issues along the way, owning a plant is well worth it. And it gets easier, we promise! If nothing else, if you can manage to remedy the three issues above, you’ll probably end up a pretty good plant parent. Welcome to parenthood! is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to *Amazon and the Amazon logo are trademarks of, Inc., or its affiliates.