Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Greens


No not the kind you eat...nor the kind you smoke. I'm talking greens like plants. Whether they are potted trees, small plants, cactus, or fresh cut stems or branches. I love them all around the house. If I could I'd have a fresh bouquet weekly. 

I love orchids and large potted plants and trees, I really don't discriminate! When scaled and groomed appropriately they are amazing. Now here's the thing. I have a brown thumb. Or is it a black thumb? Who knows. I just know I have killed a few house palm trees, more than a handful of orchids, and some summers my balcony window boxes. 


I can get obsessive about watering them, and pretending I am the best house plant mom ever. Then other times I may.... forget about them. Forget for like weeks, like 2 winters ago, the darn palm tree shriveled to death in the processed heat of our winters. So, my track record leads to the conclusion......I think I might be killing them. I mean eventually my cactus from college turned yellow and fell over. How hard is taking care of a cactus?! 

BUT here is the thing. I NEED a plant for the corner of our living room. It is calling out for one (well don't ask my Husband he may not agree). And I want a fiddle leaf tree. A kinda nice sized one. But hot damn they are just as expensive as beautiful. So I thought I may try with a less pricey option - ie something from my local Home Depot. And if I can keep it alive for more than a handful of months I can get a fancy house plant. 

So here is where I need your help - I need all the help I can get! How do I keep it alive??? Is there a house watering app? That will remind me to water it? To rotate it for sunlight?! And what is the best kind of plant to get!! Please, so I can graduate to the really extra fancy kind I want!!! 


How do you keep the plants in your house alive?

Images - All were from here.

18 comments:

  1. i have no good advice since i have killed about 50% of our houseplants. I was going to try one of those ones from home depot that requires low light... maybe try to just water every sunday or something?? good luck!
    -- jackiejade.blogspot.com

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    1. Every Sunday sounds like a great plan - I get so excited and just love them (with water too much!)

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  2. LOVE- a little splash of green with a plant brightens any house or apartment!!!

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    1. Me too, and our new place is missing it! XOX

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  3. I need to buy plants. I should do that today.

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    1. I am getting more this weekend, I already warned the Hubs, I may go overboard! LOL

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  4. I seriously kill all my plants too :( Even succulents, which are impossible to kill. But, I do have this one tropical plant that I've somehow managed to keep alive for 4 years now. I have no clue how... it doesn't get much sunlight and I water it like once a month haha! So please, share your tips!
    xx
    Lia
    www.smartnsnazzy.com

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  5. You can do this, T! I have a great one that was given to me when we moved in (can't remember the type, but will find out for you). The key is once a week watering (and not too much), lighting and make sure the plant has room to grow in the pot or be prepared to re-pot. Excited to see what you get because I have a corner in need too! xo m

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    1. You give me too much credit! But I will sure try! :) XOXO

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  6. We have a ficus and I live in constant fear that i"m going to kill it/ have already killed it...

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  7. I'm not sure what kind of plant I have.. my mother in law bought it for me.. but I swear it goes 2 months at a time with no water and it survives..

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  8. literally just bought 4 plants yesterday - going from having zero. i hear ya!

    xo,Taylor
    iLikeMyClothesTaylored.blogspot.com

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  9. Wow I loved all of these photos!! Flowers add something so nice to any room. I wish I had more in my place. They are inspiring photos! LOL at first I thought in the first photo the red thing on the wall was a huge flower from that tree! xo

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  10. I wish I could keep a plant alive but I'm pretty hopeless in that area - I killed a cactus. I do have a plant at work that's been alive for almost a year now - but only because my assistant waters it!

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  11. I am always killing orchids! I can't keep them alive, I always forget to water them and then I'm trying to save them lol!

    Now following your lovely blog




    Janelle @ GlamorousMama


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  12. Admission: I have none. I love having fresh flower around, but can never keep plants alive!
    xo Josie
    www.winksmilestyle.com

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  13. I want a fiddle leaf tree tooooo!!! They are tres expensive, though, I know :( Until the pocketbook allows, I've been keeping 1-3 orchids around the house. Just 3 ice cubes once a week, and they're still alive! Let us know if you find a good plant for us black-thumbed people!

    xo
    Brianna

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  14. Many years ago I did have a fiddle leaf fig tree-I was able to keep it going for about a year or so-I do have a couple of ideas for you!! I love plants and I grow all kinds inside and out! One - Dieffenbachia, Two-Weeping Fig, Three-Rubber Tree! Hope this helps:)

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