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5 Life Lessons from Plants

This post and photography was created by Wild Interiors, a local grower and year-round source for Heinen’s Floral. Find the original post at wildinteriors.com.

Starting off as a new plant owner is simple enough. Maybe you got a houseplant as a gift or you picked one up as an impulse buy at the store. You learned how to care for it, how much water and light it needs, and you went about your life as usual… or so you thought. Pretty soon, you’re talking to it, shopping for its new best friends, and encouraging that new little leaf unfurling.

It’s finally happened. You’ve gone full plant parent.

Once you’ve embraced the inevitability of speaking softly to plants and lovingly tending to their needs, you might actually find yourself tending to your own a little more sensitively. This blog post has five life lessons we can all learn from plants.

1. Pruning: As your plants grow, you’ll need to remove withering vines and damaged leaves. In life, as with plants, it’s important to prune the dead bits. Let go of the things in your life that don’t add joy or value, so that you can focus energy on new growth instead.

2. Feeding and Watering: Plants need water to survive, and fertilizing them can help with growth and energy. You’re the same — go drink some water and have a healthy snack!

3. Light: Most plants need a fair bit of sunshine to get energy from photosynthesis. While people don’t photosynthesize, sunshine is good for us too! On a more figurative level, notice how plants grow toward the light, toward what they need. If you notice something in your life that gives you joy and passion, grow toward that light. You might find what makes you thrive.

4. Soil: Healthy and appropriate soil is a must for all your indoor plants. Some plants need more drainage, some need different minerals, and some plants do best with bark instead of soil at all. The life lesson is this: Surround yourself with what nourishes you. If you’re trying to grow in depleted soil, you won’t get very far. Put your roots down in a place that’s healthy for you.

5. Kindness: We’ll admit this one’s a little bit silly, but lots of people talk, sing, or play music to their plants to encourage growth and positive energy. Try talking to yourself kindly too, you might notice new growth when you least expect it.

Who knew that our decorative house plants could teach us so much about our own health and well-being! Ready to put these tips to use? Get started by stopping by Heinen’s Floral Department and find your own inspiration from our variety of Wild Interiors foliage and succulents.

By Heinen's Grocery Store
In 1929, Joe Heinen opened the doors of a small butcher shop on the east side of Cleveland, Ohio, aiming to establish himself as the city’s purveyor of quality meats. As customers came into Heinen’s new shop for their meat purchases, they began asking him to carry groceries as well. Joe added homemade peanut butter, pickles and donuts and by 1933, business had grown enough to include a line of produce and canned goods. Heinen’s Grocery Store was born.

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