How to Grow Anything without a "Green Thumb"

Updated: Mar 30, 2020

You don't need to have a "green thumb" to grow your own plants for food or fun. I think that the idea that some people can grow and others can't is just a load of BS. If you learn what the plants need, and apply that knowledge to real life, they will live, and probably even thrive!! Plants never decide to die all on their own or hold back making fruit because you aren't the gardening type. They do it because something in their environment is holding them back. Here is a step by step guide to learning how to grow every plant you ever wanted to.


#1 - Determine what plant it is, the more specific the better. If you can at least learn what family it is in or what it looks like and how it grows, you are that much closer to learning what it needs.


#2 - Research that specific plant, where it lives naturally and what conditions it likes to have. Also look into what causes the plant to flower or when to best harvest the plant. Learn everything you possibly


#3 - Sit down and think about the conditions that the plant is currently in, and how those conditions differ from what the plant naturally lives in. Things to think about; temperature, humidity, light levels, light timing, water timing, type of soil/substrate, level of fertilizer, timing (is it an annual, perennial, biennial), pests that may be present, and anything else you can measure or take note of.


#4 - Make an action plan that gives the steps you can take to adjust the environmental factors to be what the plant wants! Get as close as you possibly can to the plant's natural habitat for optimum growth. Keep all the information your have found accessible, whether that is on your computer, in a book or in a journal. Reference it when you are at a changing point in the plants life and double check that you are giving it everything it needs.


#5 - Keep your mind open to the possibility that you may be wrong about something. Plants have a tendency to call me out when I am overlooking a detail or doing something I am unaware of. For example, you may have accidentally bumped the switch in your light timer and the lights stays on all night without you realizing it. A few days may go by and your plants dry out quicker than usual and one of them is turning yellow. This may be from too much light and not enough humidity or nutrients to compensate! So pay attention to changes in your plants because it may teach you more than you realize about changes in the environment.


#6 - Remember that plant problems are compounding. Multiple problems may have multiple solutions and it's not usually one factor that is causing the issue. Just like in our lives, sometimes it's like the plants has a cup that is filling up with problems and once there is enough that the cup is overflowing, we finally see the issue through deficiencies, lack of growth, or other symptoms. It is caused by the compounding of issues over time.


I hope these tips help you in growing anything you want! Comment below or message me for any further questions!


Happy Growing,

Gabby Waterman

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