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.

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The Effectiveness of Watering.

02 Jun

Okay, so…Mother Nature might have helped us out just a little, tiny, minuscule amount by giving us two amazing thunder storms that threw down rain on us last weekend, but she’s still helping me prove my point, so I’ll take it.

 

You may have seen this post from just under a month ago. Well…these photos below are of those same 3 extremely thirsty plants. Sten and I have spent the last 4 weeks watering them like mad, hoping something would happen and well, something did!!!

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The Importance of Watering.

08 May

Now, I know I said about this not that long ago, but I have a few photo’s that show you just how important keeping your plants watered is. A Hydrangea, Buddleia, and a Gunnera (I know! Shocking, isn’t it?! Silly thing can’t tell there’s a lake behind it). All seriously suffering due to this prolonged dry spell we’re currently in. C’mon Earth, just gimme some rain PLEASE?!  

 

 

These few photo’s show what can happen in a week. One week ago (I promise you, I’m not making this up) all these plants were fine, like…totally fine. No curling leaves, no browning, no drooping new growth. Just goes to show how vitally important it is to keep plants well watered, every day or so, otherwise the above will be their fate. Luckily Sten and I caught these at the last second, and we spent an entire day getting these and other plants watered, giving them a royally good soaking for 30 minutes or so, shoving a hose right in at the base of the plants so there’s no chance of scorching and making things worse! I took 27,000 odd steps that day just making sure everything that needed watering got water, that equates to walking about 12.5 miles of walking. Gaaah

 

PRO TIP. Using a rose head on a watering can or a sprinkler can help lessen damage too by the way. Just means that instead of the plant getting a full on bashing from a stream of water, the water is broken up into droplets that don’t do nearly as much damage as a full flow could. It also means you get a nice spread of water around the plant at a slower rate, and that allows more water to be soaked into the ground as you’ve reduced the speed the water is coming out! Good news all around!

 

Written & Posted By Stu.