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    13 Ways To Not Kill Your Indoor Plants

    You raised them as your own... and then slaughtered them mercilessly.

    You had one job: watering your new plant. But it's been a week and it's already dying.

    You didn't plan to become a plant-killer. And yet, your death toll has reached such massive proportions that it's becoming a bit terrifying.

    1. Purchase plants that do well indoors. Look for plants that prefer indirect sunlight and don't require a lot of watering.

    2. Choose the right pot for your plant. For those that require more moisture, plastic can help retain water. Clay pots are porous so they're a good bet if you are a nervous waterer.

    3. To make sure you aren't over- or under-watering your plants, set a day (or two) each week to water your plants.

    4. If you can't handle the enormous responsibility of watering your own plants, use this Froggy Plant Waterer ($7.50).

    5. Yes, in fact, you can compost indoors! Anything from coffee grinds to vegetable peels can be tossed into your soil as a yummy snack for your plant.

    6. Clean dusty leaves using soap, water, and a bit of mayo.

    7. In this case, one bad leaf actually does spoil the bunch. Use sharp scissors to cut dead or damaged leaves at the root.

    8. If your plant isn't looking so hot, the shape and coloring of the leaves can give you a hint of what your plant needs.

    9. Position your plant next to a south-facing window so that it receives as much light as possible.

    10. That means that if you are super committed to growing a bunch of succulents in your windowless bedroom, you're going to have to consider using an artificial light like this one.

    11. Rotate your indoor plant regularly to assure that it receives light from all sides, or else you'll have an awkward lopsided plant that is craning toward the light.

    12. Practice your newfound gardening skills on your kitchen leftovers by regrowing leafy greens from the roots.

    13. If you just can't manage to keep living plants, well, living, take cuttings from your backyard or a few branches from your favorite florist and display them in creative ways.