A Plant Pro Demystifies the 3 Most Important Things a Plant Needs

What could you grow when you were a kid? Summer Rayne Oakes discovered her love of — and knack for keeping alive — plants and nature while she was young: «When I was still in grade school, I built an indoor waterfall in my bedroom so I could grow and raise aquatic plants and insects.»

You might remember Summer (and the incredible indoor jungle in her Brooklyn apartment) from her video house tour. She clearly has the ability to incorporate plants into her home and take care of them so well they thrive. Whether you want your home to look like an indoor jungle — or just want to get rid of your black thumb once and for all — Summer’s provided a mini primer for beginners on three key aspects to being an indoor plant parent: placement for lighting, watering and fertilization.

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