I’ve always loved house plants. From my early twenties onward.
I was too busy back with young children back then to go out and plant a garden. So this fed my need for greenery and nature.
Some of you think I have a green thumb. Sometimes I do; sometimes I don’t. It’s trial and error.
This plant is in the kitchen. I purposely took a photo of the brown edging the leaves. I have a feeling I know what that is from.
The house is constantly running the heat in the ceiling vents, and it’s probably drying it out.
I need to dig around and see if I have a spray bottle so I can give it a little spray of water on the leaves.
I don’t recall what kind of fern this is, but ferns typically like humidity.
You’ll notice when you put a fern outside in the summer (in the shade please; they don’t deal well with sun), it seems to just take off. That’s because the outdoor air has more humidity. Then when you bring it back in, it’s blah.
If it’s a Boston fern, which I don’t have right now, I usually put it in the bathtub and turn the shower on (cold please, or just not hot) and let it have a little bath.
I move my plants around. Especially if I feel like one would do better in a different light. This is one of those plants, the peace lily, that doesn’t need a lot of light. Certainly NO sun.
This one just put out a lily bloom. This thing has been blooming for about four months now!
This has been my little plant corner for the winter. The yellow Bromeliad just seems to want bright light. And they are both thriving.
The pothos next to it just got repotted about a week ago. So far I haven’t noticed any distress. That sometimes happens when you repot your plant.
Here’s a tip: When you bring a plant home, don’t immediately repot it in a much bigger pot. (Now how many times have I done that?)
The plant does not like that for some reason. Maybe one move, from the store to your house, is all it can withstand for a time.
When you repot, just go up about one size.
I’m really fond of the ponytail palm. I haven’t had one in many years, and I just love the way its shaped.
It’s in its original little pot from Lowes. I just stuck it in that bucket one day and never have taken it out.
Yes, this poor Bromeliad plant gets its picture taken a lot. Well of course it does. It’s red.
It’s across the room from the yellow Bromeliad, and I had the yellow one in this same spot before I got the red one.
These two are by the front door. I noticed they were kind of in the dark awhile ago and I turned the lamp on low. I may need to do that more. I just moved them here the other day. So we’ll see.
These three just got put together in the bedroom for some reason. I have two windows in there and I open the blinds during the day to give them light.
You want some plants in your bedroom, because they’re taking toxins out of the air you breathe.
These are the last two house plants I have right now. I had a bunch last spring.
The gnats got bad and we all know Charlie Ross is absolutely terrified of gnats, so I put them on the back porch, which has a roof, in the vintage wagon.
They got too hot and most of them died. I was so upset with myself. But I had tried the vinegar water and it wasn’t fixing the gnat problem.
Anyway, these two pothos plants are friends now. I just moved the top one in here yesterday. Plants often look better when grouped together. Plus they help provide one another with humidity.
I just wiped their leaves with a paper towel and water this morning to get the dust off.
I was reading FactRange today and learned even more about plants purifying the air we breath. So go over there and get the low down.
These are my key points: Don’t over water. I put my finger in the soil up to my knuckle. If it’s dry, I give it some water.
Over watering will kill a plant faster than under watering. Or at least that’s been my experience.
Always have holes in the bottom of your pots for drainage. I put broken pottery in the bottom to make sure water doesn’t rot the root system.
Plants are your friends. They clear the air. Just ask NASA.
To me, plants make your place cozy. And I’m all about cozy.
Happy indoor gardening!