Can plants bring anxiety?

Buy more plants they said, it will be fun they said. They tell you that having plants brings you joy and happiness, but they never tell you the dark side.

Today we’ll be talking about owning (way too many) plants, the good, the bad and the ugly.

But before that, if you want the video format of this article (almost word by word), this video is for you:

How the plant obsessions starts

You often see on Instagram beautiful rooms, with hundreds of plants and you think to yourself “I want some of that!”. You start buying plants, one after another, it’s becoming quite an addiction at this point.

You’ve turned your home now in an urban jungle, green and full of life, without really knowing how to deal with all of them. First few weeks, everything seems fine… but then, your plants start to act out. You stress out over yellowing or droopy leaves, you don’t know what you did wrong and some plants start dying on you. Isn’t this the best scenario to be anxious about? You end up having so many plants, they start to become a burden.

A lot of plants mean a lot of responsibilities. You may be thinking at first that indoor plants are all similar, and water them the same, which is really not the case.

Every plant has different needs, and soon enough you’ll be neglecting them without even knowing. Some of them are not even a good fit for your home, and if they die on you, you start worrying that it’s always your fault.

Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of plants you have?

But why am I telling you this? Because I’ve been there before. I’ve experienced the urban jungle and I can tell you the frustration you get being a beginner, having a new obsession, a beautiful one, don’t get me wrong… and ending up anxious about killing dozens of plants.

I wished I did more research before diving fully and carelessly into this hobby. You need to look up every plant you want to buy, what it needs.

You need to understand root rot, or dealing with pests on a lot of plants – because a possible massive infestation will eat a large part of your collection and also a part of your will to live.

You sometimes need to accept and let go of some plants that will never thrive in your home, no matter how much you like them and try the best for them.

You need to know that plants are living beings, that will adapt to the conditions they are giving, that means, maybe losing some leaves or growing less esthetically than when you bought them, they have their own personality and growing pattern.

You have to learn to appreciate patience, since some plants grow faster than others. Some plants like more water, some plants like more humidity and some plants just want to be left alone most of the time.

And if you want to know more about easy plants to deal with, here is the video for you:

If you find yourself getting more anxious about dealing with plants, try to downsize your collection by donating or selling some of your plants.

I’ve done that before, because taking care of the plants I sell is already stressful enough that I kind of gave up on a lot of personal plants. But the history kind of repeats itself a little now because I have a plant shop and I tend to keep the plants that are not fit for sale. So, I’ll probably make a section on the shop with less good-looking plants, but at a lower price.

Final thoughts on plant burnout

Now, to summarize this post, don’t get more plants than you can handle. It will make you anxious, it will bring unhappiness, research before buying a plant and make sure you can properly care for them. If a plant dies, it is what it is, it’s totally fine and that doesn’t mean you’re not fit to grow plants.

But isn’t it weird though? A plant shop is telling you to buy less plants? Well, I’m not actually saying to buy less plants, I’m saying to buy just the right amount and to search for your balance. You might actually love to deal with hundreds of plants as far as I know.

I hope this blog post helped and let me know if you had times when you wished you had less plants or you felt on your own the struggle to deal with a massive collection.

Until next time, don’t forget to take care of yourself and your plants ❤️

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