I went shopping not long ago and bought some houseplants. Two of my plants were looking sad. So I bought two booster plants to pop in the old plants to fill them out and two completely new plants. I can’t wait to watch them grow and thicken.
Having plants in your home is part of biophilia, balancing the chaos of technology with the harmony and meditative energy of nature.
- A split leaf philodendron (Monstera deliciosa) to replace my sad looking one. I popped it outside and it got burned and disintegrated till I have one tiny sad looking leaf left. they without me noticing it grew another leaf. I am going to pop them in the same pot and hop they thrive.
- A string of hearts (Ceropegia woodii) I bought my original one on Amazon and I won’t be buying plants online again. They need to be chosen by hand. Mine is sad and stringy so I again I bought it to fill it up.
- String of pearls (Curio Rowleyanus) I have wanted one for years… I just never found one in stores and then I found a teenie tiny one in the garden Center and I couldn’t resist.
- Asparagus fern ( Asparagus aethiopicus) this is the softest delicate and I can’t get enough of it’s leaves ( are they called leaves?) I mistakenly called it aBoston fern which is fuller more traditional fern.
What am I putting them in? Well my new monstera is joining my original plant to keep her company it’s a diary large white ceramic pot so there will be plenty of room. I may have to add some well drained soil. My string of hearts is going in my pot that has a face as I wanted it to look like hair.
My father in law made me a plant pot! He just made it because he thought I would like it and has offered to make a few more, how cool is that. It’s perfect for my string of pearls. I popped a plastic bag at the bottom to stop the water from rotting the wood but it’s really cute.
As for my fern
I am reusing an old candle jar that I loved. It’s a brown glass and nice and heavy. It’s better than chucking it out and it suits the fern. I have wanted these plants for many years and buying little tiny version means I get to learn how to look after them.
I have learned a few things about house plants over the years so my top tips are:
- Tropical house plants generally grow in well drained soil
- Even though some of them are rainforest plants that doesn’t mean they like a lot of water. It’s easy to kill them with too much. If your leaves turn yellow it’s generally too much water
- It’s better to treat them mean that included day light too
- When it comes to repotting with plants that like to be root bound just go a size up. If you go too big they won’t thank you for it
- Your plants are your friends so talk to them, mist them, wipe their leaves down and appreciate them.
It brings me a bit of biophilic harmony to have four new plants in my home.