Most people think that plants can survive on their own without outside help. Well, it is true most of the time especially for plants growing in the wild. The strong ones survive while the weaker ones perish without anyone ever knowing about their existence. Yet for most plants found in the city or anywhere near human dwellings, they need that extra hand to ensure they aren’t just pleasant to look at all year long but also to ensure that their health isn’t compromised by the elements, pests, and others. Most garden plants require more care and attention than other plants and most homes with gardens have at least one person who is a plant enthusiast living there.

You should know by now that it is not easy growing plants. There won’t be this belief that only individuals with a green thumb can successfully grow plants with ease if it was that easy. Even if you plant a tree that usually grows well on its own, they are just as fragile as any other plants especially during the first year after planting. As a budding gardener, you need to pay particular attention to the roots since it is essentially the foundation of any plant. How can they grow tall and proud if they can’t hold on to the soil where they are planted to in the first place?

Well-drained: A location or bed where water does not stand for extended periods of time. Roots need oxygen to be healthy, and oxygen is obtained from air spaces in the soil. Although some plants are adapted to wet or boggy soil situations, the majority of the plants we grow and cultivate will not tolerate soils that stay wet too long. Planting should be cultivated in well-drained raised beds.

Filling: Applying soil over an area to raise the grade. Filling over tree roots too deeply deprives them of oxygen and can lead to root death and the loss of a tree. Limit fill to two inches.

Bed Preparation: What is done to the soil in an area to change or improve it to encourage the plant growth. Part of bed prep is tilling or turning of the soil down about 8 inches. The breaking up of the soil makes it easier for the roots to penetrate the soil and grow. It speeds establishment, encourages a strong root system and incorporates oxygen into the soil. Organic matter added during bed preparation helps to create a favorable soil environment. When planting trees, holes are dug two to three times as wide as the rootball. The loosening of the soil out from the rootball encourages the tree’s roots to grow and establish.


Even if you can’t see the roots since they are underground, they play a big role in the overall health of any plant or tree for that matter. A plant’s roots must be able to establish itself for growth to take place. There are gardening techniques you must know and master if you want to aid your plant to secure its roots firmly in the ground so that it can endure whatever the elements throw at it. You may need to get your hands dirty to do it but it is expected when gardening. Watering it regularly is non-negotiable unless your plant is one of those plants that do not require as much water in order to grow like succulents.

What plants would you recommend for people who struggle to keep plants alive?

‘What can I not kill?’ is the number one question I get. It really boils down to light.

There are a lot of tropicals that will thrive in bright light but survive in low light. Like the snake plant – that’s one of the classic “hard to kill” varieties. Or the aglaonema [known as Chinese evergreens].

It’s just about knowing the facts: How often does this want to be watered? What kind of light will it prefer, and what kind will it tolerate? Knowing where you’re going to put it and if it’s going to like it there – and leaving it there. The more you move a plant, the more you’re going to start shocking it.


Having greens both inside or outside the house is a great way to change the overall atmosphere of your home. But for plants to thrive in an urban setting needs your tender loving care. You need to spare time in doing gardening stuff and caring for your plant every single day. No excuses. Imagine a person not being able to eat for a whole day. Not, think of a plant that you forget to water during summer. It will soon wilt and die if you continue neglecting it. Simple things like that can make a world of difference to any blooms or greens that you have at home.

Even the big trees need your attention too. They need to be trimmed regularly, not necessarily for their wellbeing but mostly for your safety. They can fall on your house or property with little warning during disasters and harm anyone nearby. Let the pros like do all the trimming this time and stick to caring for the smaller plants that are usually attacked by bugs and can easily die from the heat or excessive rain. Once you plant it, you shouldn’t just completely forget about it because given the harsh weather systems right now and the not-so-ideal conditions in the city, only you can ensure your plant grows to its full potential.