Updated: Feb 19, 2020
You love plants. I love plants. You want more plants. I want you to have more plants. Science repeatedly shows more plants will make you healthier and happier. So what are we waiting for?! Read on for 25 ways to finance your growing, (totally healthy), plant addiction.
Avoid Wasting Money with Plant Purchasing Prep
1. Figure out how much money you need. Map and sketch out your space. Do some "research" (i.e. Instagram and Pinterest scrolling) to discover the types of plants you want. Follow-up with some actual research on plant care to make sure those plants fit your lifestyle. Go through our FREE Live Your Best Plant Life Mini Course for help developing your roadmap.
2. When do you need to have your plant money? Is there a certain time of year you need to plant the variety you want (i.e. Fall for spring bulbs and fruit trees)? Use our FREE Plants-At-A-Glance Calendar to get some idea of what to plant when.
3. Know what to do with your plant money once you have it. Make a list and assign a budget for each plant/space. The list can be as specific as naming exact plant varieties. Or, it can be simple parameters like 'tall tropical plant for entryway". Your budget can be an upper limit for each plant or it can be a budget per room if you want more flexibility. Know which items are 'must haves' and which are negotiable. Shopping with this type of list will ensure you stay on budget, yet there's still room for that amazing surprise plant find. Download this FREE Plant Budget Spreadsheet template to stay on track:
4. Minimize costly repairs from ill placed plants. Ensure you have space for water catchment trays to prevent water damage to countertops and floors. If you live in an apartment check your lease before drilling holes in ceilings or walls. If you are unable to hang plants from ceilings, include money for shelves in your budget.
5. Include plants in your everyday household budget. How much money can you afford to spend on plants right now? You may have more th