Owning a Plant – The Reply.

12 Oct

Okay, time for a little back story. *flash back sound*

 

So my lovely friend Viki has her own blog, The Positive Pensive. I was having a nose through it one day and I came across a post about owning a plant (Give this a read, it’ll help my own post make sense) and the 5 stages you go through … “as my little guy starts to depart from this world.” Now that sentence alone makes me upset. I’m straight in at stage 4. Alarm bells were ringing that poor plants were dying, and their poor owners were fighting a losing battle trying to keep them alive.

 

Then I had an idea. As a gardener, I know all the tricks in the book for keeping plants alive. So here’s my advice and help for those struggling to keep those indoor flowers alive.

 

Now I’m gonna start off by saying this. Those lovely Roses and bouquets your other half got you, or those cut flowers you just have laying in vases around the house. They. Will. Die. It’s inevitable, they have no root system for starters. Yes, those weird lil’ sachets of “liquid feed” will prolong their lifespan a little bit, but not too much. As will keeping their water levels topped up (fresh water is good for them, don’t let them lay in stinky old water. You wouldn’t drink water you’ve bathed in too). But yea, my main point is no roots mean your flowers won’t last long at all.

 

So onto the real stuff. Your Japanese Peace Lily’s, Millions upon millions of Orchids, Ivy’s etc etc. The best advice I can give you in the simplest. Pick your plants carefully, and pay attention to the label that comes with it. That label has EVERYTHING you need to know about how to look after your new pal. Sunlight, water, temperature, hardiness, whether or not they’re poisonous to pets. You live by those rules, and you should be fine. And I mean live by them. Plants are very VERY fussy things, so as long as you position him/her in the right area, and abide by the rules of said plant, “Carey Plant” should rarely look droopy or down beaten. WARNING WARNING OVER CARING ALERT. Be careful though, plants can drown, you can over water them, yes they might look sad and like they need a water, but over watering can cause issues too. Ranging temperatures and draughty positions are more of the main causes of leaf browning and drop. Positioning, people! So for the long term health of your photosynthesizing friend, if your plant starts to brown, or leaves start to drop, look at how often you’ve been giving it a drink, and check room the temperatures and if you’re leaving the poor thing open to draughts. These are more a common problem in winter in centrally heated homes, we all love a nice toasty home, but your plant buddy might not.

 

I know that’s a lot to bear in mind, and if like Viki, your past with plants is always haunting you, doing all of the above might seem like a huge undertaking. The thing with plants is though, if you get things right, it’ll be a breeze.

 

One last thing, if you are a serial murderer of plants. I have one very specific suggestion for you. SUCCULENTS AND CACTI. These things are a gift from God if you’re very busy or just plain forgetful (that’s me, no shame in it, I get home and my memory just goes everywhere). They don’t need constant watering, maybe a light misting once a month or so, as succulents store their own water within their foliage. Cacti….they’re cacti. I’m hoping I shouldn’t need to explain that, just instead of you killing the plant, just make sure the plant doesn’t kill you. A bonus for these amazing green living balls of fun too is just how adorable they look planted in literally anything! And you’ll still get the little flashed of colour when they flower too,

 

Look at the brilliant GIF at the bottom of Viki’s blog too for more evidence on how amazing these can look! (Here’s the link again in case you missed it above http://thepositivepensive.com/owning-a-plant-the-5-stages/)

 

Here’s to hoping this give you, Viki and who ever else needs need it, a little help in your next plant endeavor!

 

Ciao for now!

 

Written & posted by Stu.

 

 

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