I'm Going To Be A Plant Mom
John Wick is back! Lionsgate, which is the production company for the movie teased that an official trailer would be dropped tomorrow.
Fans are excited, eagerly awaiting to find out the fate of John but more importantly, of his dog. Back in December, a picture was released from the third movie in which you could see John and a new character played by Halle Berry walking in the desert alongside two German Shepherds. But fans noticed that neither one of those dogs was the one that John got in the sequel leading them to worry about whether or not that dog was okay.
It's a valid concern seeing as how the entire plot of the first movie was based on John's vengeance over the guys who killed his new puppy. For pet owners, that plot doesn't seem too far-fetched since many view their pets as their children. In fact, multiple studies show that people in developed countries are having less children while also owning more pets than ever before. It's a new phenomenon that honestly makes a lot of sense. Owning a pet is less expensive and requires less attention than a baby.
But don't be fooled. Pets still require work. Vet visits, food, training…it can all add up. Which is why there now seems to be an even newer phenomenon on the rise: owning plants instead of pets and kids. According to the 2016 National Gardening Report, over 80% of Americans that are new to gardening are millennials. Given that more young adults nowadays are renting instead of owning property and that many of those rentals unfortunately don't allow pets, what's left but trying your hand at plants?
Plants can be a good replacement for someone who might want something to care for but might not have the money or time to put into owning a pet. Plus they're just a cool way to decorate your place. Of course, there is some maintenance that comes with having a plant. You can't just put it out and forget about it forever. You do occasionally have to tend to it. So if you're thinking about getting a plant, there are some basic bits of knowledge you should know to make sure you don't kill it shortly after getting it.
For starters, not all plants are the same. Depending on the type of plant you get, it will have different needs from its environment and watering schedule. For example, the popular succulent needs warmer temperatures and less water than a fern would need. So when it comes time to pick a plant, pick one that will fit your current environment.
Make sure that you give plants the right amount of sunlight. Some plants need a lot of direct sunlight to live while others might thrive in shadier places. Placing a plant that is meant to be under shade into direct sunlight can literally burn it. No it won't spontaneously catch on fire or start smoking but it will turn brown and die. Take a quick survey of the place where you want to put a plant and notice how much or how little light it gets, then choose plants based on the lighting.
Another thing to take into consideration is your schedule. If you're always busy and/or forgetful, there are low maintenance plants that can handle being forgotten every once in a while. Some of these include succulents, ZZ plants, and snake plants. On the other hand, some plants are more delicate and really require a little more TLC to thrive. It's best to skip out on these plants unless you have the little extra time and energy to spare for them.
Unless your plant originates from a water-heavy environment like the rain forest, it probably won't need as much water as you think it does. There is such a thing as too much water and for plants, overwatering can lead their roots to begin rotting. Instead, pay attention to your plant to see when it needs watering. Signs of a plant that needs to be watered are leaves that are wilting and soil that is pulling away from the sides of the planter.
Garden centers and other places that sell plants don't usually sell them in containers where the plants should stay. After getting the plant, make sure to repot it into a container that's 1-3 inches bigger than its current container and not any bigger. You don't want to put a 2 month old baby in a shirt designed for a two year old and the idea is the same for your plants. Place them in a pot that gives them room to grow but not so big that they're swimming in soil.
Plants definitely don't require as much care as a pet or baby but they do still need a little TLC. Following these basic tips and looking up the specific needs of the plant you get can help you make the plant thrive, even if you weren't born with a green thumb.