Becoming a plant parent

Gianiare Ridore’s plant babies on display.
Photo Courtesy: @prettyvinesnminds on Instagram

Many people have heard of the terms: teen moms, dog moms, and even Dance Moms but have you heard of plant moms?

According to an article on Gardening Know How, plant parenting is a term coined by the millennial generation; in simpler terms meaning to care for house plants.

Becoming a plant parent is a positive trend that has helped many people.

Caring for a plant can be a fulfilling job, but it has its own challenges. Creating a green space for your plants to flourish is the first step in maintaining a livable green space for your plant baby.

A plant care blog called “OMYSA” provided tips for first time plant parents, “Provide bright, indirect light and water the plant when the top two to four inches of the soil is dry. Don’t forget to mist it regularly since it needs a lot of humidity to survive.”

Jamiah Dangerfield, a nursing student at FAMU, expresses the importance of thorough learning about your plants while caring for them.

“Occasionally I wipe my plants leaves because this will collect on them and that will stop them from growing,” Dangerfield said. “Basically you have to do your research and also know the signs. If your plant looks frumpy it’ll start drooping over.”

Becoming a plant parent has taught many to be patient and watch for signs and to maintain a livable environment for each plant to grow.

Giniare Ridore, a psychology student from Orlando, FL, shares her own tips since she’s became a plant mom.

“I love putting my plants close to the window or within a couple feet from the window to make sure they get the most amount of light,” Ridore said. “I have a plant shelf on the wall and plant stands. It’s good to reuse items like old glass jars for propagation.”

Ridore has even created an Instagram for her plants to share and document on the progress she has made since becoming a plant mom.

“Being a plant mom has made me more patient as I am always waiting for a new leaf to unfurl or waiting to repot a plant,” Ridore added. “I’ve learned to appreciate things as they come and go because not every plant will do well in certain environments.”

Mackenna Rowley at Houseplant University explains in her article, “Your plants don’t have to be perfect, and neither do you! Plants are living things! That means that just like you and me, they will have flaws.”

If you are thinking of becoming a plant parent, do the research and investigate blogs that offer tips on caring for the simplest plant. Plants can add color into your home and brighten up the place as well as allow you to nurture and care for a living thing.

To learn more about becoming a plant parent, follow Ridore’s journey on Instagram @prettyvinesnminds.