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Reagan Kastner is a houseplant stylist and “the hero your dying plants need,” so it’s no surprise this TikTok plantfluencer is there for first time plant parents. If you’re dipping your toes into the world of plant buying for the first time, she recommends the hearty ZZ plant thanks to its ability to tolerate anything from low to bright light, the low maintenance watering schedule, and the easy of cloning giving you more bang for your buck.

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Pet owners have another big concern when picking out their first plants: is this nontoxic for my dog or cat? TikTok user @joy.of.plants has those longtime pet parents and aspiring plant parents covered with this list of pet safe plants for beginners. Notably the pothos, snake plant, and ZZ plant are nixed from the list due to toxicity, but you can still hone your green thumb with the baby rubber plant peperomia, quick growing spider plant, and the waxy flowering hoya plant.

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The moment your child re-engages in a cooperative manner, praise your child enthusiastically and specifically. For example, “Way to go on joining us at the dinner table respectfully! I am really proud of you.” If you start to hear pleading for a cookie again, go back to ignoring the dandelions. When the rose — your child — returns, provide more praise. You may feel silly bouncing back and forth, but it’s important to water the appropriate flower in the garden — that is, the behavior you want to see.

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Rover noted, it’s important to keep surprise costs in mind, which can average $1,645-$4,315 total. Hopefully, you’ll never need to make a trip to the emergency vet, but if you do the typical cost averages $800-$1,500.

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