I've always loved house plants. From my early twenties. I was too busy back then to go out and plant a garden. So this fed my need for green and nature.
Some of you think I have a green thumb. Sometimes I do; sometimes I don't. But I'll tell you how I deal with my house plants.
However, if you've got things working for you, then let's don't fix what ain't broke!
This plant is in the kitchen. I purposely took a photo where there is 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 water on the leaves.
I don't recall what kind of fern this is, but ferns typically like humidity. And if there isn't any, you may have to provide it.
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.
This one just put out a bloom. This thing has been blooming for about four months now!
This has kind of 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.
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.
The ponytail palm I'm really fond of. 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. It helps to balance it.
I just read what the plant plastic strip sticking in the soil said to do with it. But I do have a book on house plants if I need to change things up or it starts looking sad.
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 here before I got this one.
These two are now by the front door. I noticed they were kind of in the dark while ago and 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 some light.
You want some plants in your bedroom, because they're taking toxins out of the air you breathe. More on that later.
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 wagon.
They got too hot and most died. I was so upset with myself. But I had tried the vinegar water and it wasn't fixing the problem.
Anyway, these two pothos plants are friends now. I just moved the top one in here yesterday. I thought the one looked kind of lonely, and really, 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 what's happened to me.
Always have holes for drainage. And 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.
There are other plants I'm wanting to try, so I'll be on the look out once I get some big bills paid (tax time, you know.)
To me, plants make your place cozy. And I'm all about cozy.
Happy indoor gardening!