The Killer Green Thumb
I love plants. I always have and so when we moved in, I knew I wanted many plants in the house. But I am not good at keeping plants alive. In fact I'm terrible at keeping plants alive. In our previous house, Kevin kept our plants alive every day. The saddest thing about moving countries was not bringing my plants with me, especially my spider! That plant had doubled in size and was beautiful! Starting over was hard, but I am determined to make a go at it and keep things alive, myself!!
My first plant purchased was Millie, the Dracaena Fragrans Massangena on October 15th. I bought her from home depot. Along with the gorgeous container she is sitting in. She resided in our bedroom for two months before the sun burnt her to pieces and I moved her to her permanent home in the living room. She has her good days and bad days. Mostly her bad days are due to me forgetting to water the poor dear. She likes water every two days and about two cups of it. You can see Millie in the living room fully here!
Rose, the Rosemary Tree was next and currently is my only failure. I bought her December 11 at Woodmans. She was a dark winter green and needed lots of sunlight, so onto the dresser she went. Where I completely forgot about her and maybe watered her twice for the next three months. I finally conceded and gave up hope on May 12 when a weed grew out of the dirt! When I found bright green Rosemary plants a few weeks later at Whole Foods I really did consider buying it again. But I went with something else instead.
The Christmas Plant. I don't actually remember what this one is called. But I bought her because it was tradition and I missed the tradition. Every year Kevin's Mom buys us (his sister and I) a Christmas plant to grow throughout the holidays, then it dies mid January. It blooms and is beautiful and usually I grow the biggest one, that lasts the longest (we keep the warmest house). Because I am so far away now, she can't send me one, so I bought my own. Of course it didn't bloom, but it did live until mid-March. I'd call this one a semi success. Next year I'll try a different brand or kind.
After the Rosemary I desperately wanted something for our bedroom that needed lots of natural light and very little watering! And so on May 15, I walked into Home Depot and came out with these little cactuses. From Left to Right we've got
Anna - the Aloe Vera, Moon - Desert Gem Purple Cacti, Phil - which I don't know what he is, Spikes - Desert Gem Orange Cacti, and Ben - who I thought was a Drunkard Dream Mistletoe Cactus but I don't think he is anymore. So if you can help identify Phil and Ben let me know, because I'd love to know more about them! I got them all from Home Depot and I am pretty sure they are all Costa Farms products but that's about all I know! These little guys get watered once a month, it's a calendar event for the 5th of every month, so I don't forget.
Phil has grown at least two inches since I've gotten him and then he blew over the wind and got bent. Which was a super sad day. Ben has also grown an inch or two. I am pretty sure Anna has grown but I feel she's more widened the lengthened, if that makes sense! But I am a little worried about Spikes and Moon. I have not notice any change in them at all and based on further readings they aren't suppose to be in as much direct sunlight as I have them in. So I might have to find a new spot for them. Maybe the office.
Lastly my two recent purchases. For these two plant purchases, I actually did research on. First I have to say Rachel Aust and her Favorite Indoor Plants video were awesome and inspiring!! They also helped me be more aware of the types of plants I wanted within my house! Which lead to my research. The voices in these two videos are kinda weird but both are loaded with lots of information and that's what I wanted. Indoor Plants for Air Purification and How to Care for A Peace Lily.
Ivy the Pothos or Devil's Ivy. She took over my pot that the Christmas Plant was in and now sits perfectly poised in my corner shelf. It's a brightly lit area. I have a water globe for watering and it's kinda a weird system. She gets one week with the globe and one week without. Her leaf's remind me of hearts and I'm not allergic to her if I brush up against her. Actually I'm not allergic to any of the plants in the house if I brush up against them!! Tropical plants are seriously the best!! I found Ivy at Felly's Flowers. I wanted to go somewhere I could ask questions (not that I'm brave enough to talk to anyone, but I like having the option!!)
Jasper the Peace Lily. So far he is my most expensive plant coming in at $47 also from Felly's Flowers. I actually saw Jasper when I bought Ivy, but didn't buy him until later that night. I went him, plotted Ivy and couldn't stop thinking about him. So I grabbed Kevin and took him with me to get his thoughts. It was weird having Kevin in the store with me. We picked Jasper out and very nearly came home with an Orange Tree as well, but I think we will save that for another day. First I want to see how these two do.
What are your favorite plants?
Kevin thinks it's super weird that I name my plants, do you name yours??