Gardening 101 for Millennials

 

How to get a little green into your home or office

 

 

It may seem like city living leaves no space (or time) for anyone to hone their gardening skills, but there is hope. While a conventional garden is out of the question, millennials have these fun alternatives at their disposal:

 

#1: Read up on houseplants with cool properties

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Plants that clean the air like Schefflera Arboriricola and Peperomia Caperata "Rosso" (available at @cool.ellise on Instagram) are good bets. You can consider mosquito-repelling plants like Citronella, Lavender and Basil, too.

 

2: Foodies can grow their own Mason jar herb garden

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Why not put a spin on the “garden to table” concept? Use recycled Mason jars to plant fresh herbs like mint, parsley, oregano and thyme; they’re some of the easiest herbs to grow.

 

3: Start out with a succulent

via @smartyplantsph on Instagram

 

A cactus is as low-maintenance as it gets.

 

#4: Repot plants the correct way

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Remember to water your plant before repotting and to prune the roots. Opt for cactus potting soil when repotting succulents since this variant does a better job draining water than regular soil.

 

#5: Have fun displaying your plants in different ways

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Make use of ceramic bowls, mugs, vintage teacups, glass bowls and even tin cans to display your plants.

 

#6: Remember these tips

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Direct sunlight is not necessary.

 

Water everyday isn’t necessary either. Conduct a touch test instead to determine when to water your plants: Soil that’s cool and moist means your plant is in the clear and does not need to be watered. If the soil is dry, loose and crumbles, it’s time to water. Don't forget to have fun!