Growing Your First Plant: The Essentials

June 19, 2019

Growing Your First Plant: The Essentials

So you want to add flowers and foliage to spruce up the joint? Maybe you want to try out your green thumb or start a new gardening hobby? Perhaps it would be nice to have something to take care of? There are many reasons to grow your first plant!  It is an exciting experience and may even lead to a brand new interest for years to come. To get started you will want to have some basic essentials to growing your first plant.


Pots and Grow Bags

Begin with pots and grow bags when first starting out. Even if you decide you want to eventually move your plant outdoors into a garden, this will ensure a more controlled and safer environment for your new plants.


What do you want to grow? Plants start out as seeds first. Buy a package of seeds of the plant you would like to grow. Herbs are a great choice when it comes to growing your first plant. You can add many seedlings to the soil. Unlike garden fruits and vegetables, you don’t have to worry as much about the spacing of the seeds in the soil. Press them down into the surface of the soil. Be sure they are covered with soil but not so deep they won’t sprout through.



Be sure you have new and nutrient-rich soil. It helps if the soil is intended for your plant. Cactus and succulents use different soil than herbs and flowers. You don’t have to fertilize the soil until the later stages of your plants development.



Use filtered water when watering your new plant. You may have a water filter or buy bottled water for yourself at home. The same water source you do not feel comfortable drinking may be detrimental to your plants too. This isn’t always the case, but for first timers take precaution!


Keep your plant in a well-lit room or on a windowsill. Herbs and plants need plenty of sunlight. Indirect sunlight is best to start to determine the force of the sun in your area and your plants reaction to it.

Spray Bottles

Some plants enjoy being misted because they are native to tropical and subtropical climates. If you live in a dry area with low humidity, it is helpful to fill a spray bottle with filtered water and mist your plant 1 - 3 times per week.


When first planting your seeds, it may take some time for your seeds to sprout. You may look at your plant every couple of days and wonder why they are not showing any signs of life. Don’t fret! Some seeds can take several months to germinate. Do your research to determine the average length of time it will take your specific plant to grow.

If you want to get started right away, it never hurts to purchase a grow kit. Most come complete with an instruction manual, fertilized soil, seeds and pot to begin your plant care journey. Other things you need come naturally from the earth and you will need to be sure to provide your plant with the right care and the right environment for it to thrive in.


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