The presidential candidates may disagree, but you want to know who had the biggest moment in 2020? Plants! During the spring and summer months, quarantine-mad Americans flocked to kindergartens to upgrade their indoor and outdoor gardens, and houseplant lovers on Instagram inspired even the greenest people who didn’t try.

I was one of those people who suddenly stared at those empty little corners of my house, playing interior decorating for a day, wondering if a beautiful houseplant was actually what I was missing all along. I fell in love with all of the Instagram plant mothers and fathers who share their little green babies and how much they thrived in 2020, even when it seemed like the outside world didn’t. Before that moment, I’d ruled out owning a houseplant because I’d managed to kill the little succulents we got as favors at my cousin’s wedding, and I’d heard they were pretty much the easiest to own Plant were. I figured if I failed at this, all that required regular watering, sun, and grooming in my house, other than keeping my dog ​​alive, was some stretch. Then the pandemic struck and I decided to give it a try.

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As a first-time plant mom, I had a lot of questions that I needed answers to before making my first purchase – or three! What mistakes should a new plant owner avoid? Are certain plants really easy for beginners? Is it a bad thing to make it big the first time? One of the things I learned was that if you want to make parenting of plants easier, there are plenty of virtual nursery companies out there where you can look for full or medium sized house plants (some of which are already potted in cut pots) that should be delivered directly to your door with care instructions. Bloomscape is one of the top destinations for online shopping for houseplants. So we asked her resident plant mom, Joyce Mast, to help us find out what every first-time houseplant owner should know.

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