How to Care for House Plants

One of the first things I did when we moved into our new house was buy some plants. I went down to our local plant shop, Sweet Peas Garden Shop. It's conveniently located by my fave coffee shop, and I'd been eyeing it ever since I moved to Birmingham.  Being that it's the middle of winter, they didn't have as much supply as they normally do, but I managed to snag some real beauties. 

Here I am, entering the world of plant-caretaking, and I have no idea what I'm doing. After a tiny bit of research and a long conversation with people at Sweet Peas, I figured out the obvious--that the plants need sun and water.  I learned my leafy plants need water every two weeks, my succulents every month, and my air plants every couple of months. Right now the plants are in a room with a lot of light. I'm hoping I don't kill them, but beyond the sun + water combo, I'm not sure how else to prevent them from dying. Because, let's be honest, I'm more concerned about them dying than them thriving.  I'll figure out how to keep them from dying... then I'll focus on how to make them thrive.

So here's my question to all you who are good with plants. How do you take care of plants? Should I be cutting off dead leaves or moving them to big pots or changing the dirt they came with? How much water is enough water?   

p.s. I bought these two pots from Amazon. A plastic six-inch white pot with drainage dish and a white metal pot (that came in a package of three). 

 

Birmingham, AL. February 1, 2016 | Fuji x100s