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Why and What You Should Keep in a Houseplant Journal

If you really want to take your houseplant game to the next level, we recommend keeping a houseplant journal. This journal can create a record of houseplants, environments, care practices, and growth patterns. A different type of journal, you can also keep a personal journal inspired by sitting in front of your favorite houseplant. Maybe describe the qualities and changes you observe in your houseplants over time as a kind of meditative practice. You can include or not include any type of information you want, but for a fulsome record of your houseplant history, here is a full list of information you might include. 

Name and Plant Type: Feel free to add any other basic identifying information. 

Start Date: So you know when you first placed your houseplant.  

Start Size: Basic dimensions will help you track long-term growth. 

Source: Where the plant came from. This may help remind you to show someone how successful their gift plant became, or else track which local home and gardening stores tend to have the strongest plants. 

Soil: This includes notes about the type of soil that was used and amendments that have been added to the soil over time. It may also include notes about things to watch out for or soil additives that are scheduled for the future. 

Repotting and Repositioning: You probably don’t need documentation of a plant’s current pot and position in your home, but if you ever repot or reposition your houseplant, it’s a good idea to make a note of the original pot and position. This can help diagnose what’s different if your plant suddenly takes off or else starts to wither. 

Watering Schedule: If you have numerous plants, creating tips about watering each plant can help ensure you stick to the right watering schedule. A houseplant journal can be a great resource if you travel a lot and plan to have someone else look after your plants. Rather than trying to communicate the entire plant care schedule at once, you can simply leave your plant journal for the person to use as a reference.  

New Growth and Flowering: This includes notations about when and how the plant flowered, created new shoots, or increased notably in size. This type of information can be useful in determining when to repot and when to modify the plant’s watering schedule to maximize health and new growth.  

If creating a full plant journal sounds like more trouble than it’s worth, you can still track some of your most basic plant care needs on a notepad. Check out this Pinterest board of plant care notepads. 

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