Beginner Planting Guide : What to Buy and Where

Whenever I look through editorial interior design spreads, I love how plants look in homes. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I grew up with my mom being passionate about plants and gardening, but there is an instant draw for me to these green creatures.

Since not everyone has a green thumb and doesn’t want to commit to high maintenance plants, I put together a beginner list for those looking to spruce up their apartment.

Spider plant

  • These plants do great in low light, so stick them wherever.
  • They don’t want to be overwatered, but make sure not to let the soil dry out. Keep them consistently moist.
  • They grow in offshoots, which can be trimmed and planted separately to create more spider plants. (That’s how I received mine—a friend gave me an offshoot that I planted. So far so good!)

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Snake plant

  • Generally, this plant does just fine, even when neglected. I’ve had mine for about a year and it is one of the healthiest plant in my home.
  • This plant should be left to dry out between waterings and does best in indirect sunlight.

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  • Get a pot with a drainage hole to make sure that the all water drips out when watered. This will prevent rotten roots.
  • Cacti are the easiest plant to care for in my opinion. You rarely have to water them. I do so only when they are pretty dried out.
  • They they do need lots of sunlight—they are desert plants after all. I have mine positioned in an east facing window, so direct sunlight hits it for the longest part of the day.

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Tillandsia (air) plant

  • Air plants are an awesome plant. They do not need soil at all, which makes them easy to put them wherever: on a shelf, in a glass terrarium, pots…whatever looks good to go. They are the ultimate house accessory.
  • They should be submerged in water about 1-2 times a week, depending on how long you do it for. I fill up a bowl with water once a week and dump my plant in for 8 hours (usually overnight.) Then when I wake up I put it back to its originally location. It’s as easy as that.

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  • The succulent was tricky for me at first. While they are easy to care for, they are also pretty particular, so you have to make sure to keep them happy.
  • Be sure to plant succulents in a pot with drainage, or put rocks at the bottom under the soil. They cannot be overwatered, so this is crucial.
  • Succulents love sunlight, so be sure to keep them in sunlight for at least half a day, depending on how hot of a climate you live in.
  • Only water the plant when the soil is dry and make sure to let soil dry out again before watering again.
  • There are about 60 varieties in the succulent family, so explore your options. There are some really beautiful and funky options out there!

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Now that you have some idea of what to shop for, get out there! If you are a local to Denver like me, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite plants stores around the city to get you started.

Ironwood – This place is located on South Broadway, so it fits right in with the hip shops along this stretch. The outside is super cute and inviting, so you won’t miss it. This shop has mostly succulents, cacti and air plants, which are perfect for first-timers.

Groundcovers – This is the largest garden center out of this list. They have everything you may possibly need, from seeds to soil to garden accessories. The staff is very friendly and I like to go here to browse through everything they have. Prices are very reasonable, so you won’t be breaking the bank here.

Planted – This store is located in the Highlands area and the owner, Luke is super passionate about his place and the plants in it. He has a variety of houseplants and cool accessories like pots and tables to go along with them for a one stop shop destination.

The Herbery – The owner, Dennis knows his shit and his store is filled with plants to the brim. From the outside it may seem overwhelming, but trust me, go in. He has a variety of common and rare plants and will chat with you about any of them. He is super knowledgable, so if you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask. He’s your guy!

Shoot me a comment below. I’d love to hear what your favorite stores are in Denver, or what plants you are currently loving.

Until next time,


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