My house used to be plant free because I do not have a green thumb. Also, when I was younger, house plants was not my interest as I didn’t spend much time at home. They seemed like a nuisance because they had to be cared for. Then when the kids came along, I was too busy with their activities and the few indoor plants I had were neglected.
In Japan they say that to have flowers or potted plants in the home shows that you have the time to step back and enjoy your environment. Now I have learned in feng shui, that plants energizes the space, cleans the air and softens corners. Plants are a source of qi, or energy. So, I have decided to embrace house plants. Initially, I started with two anthuriums and a few African violets. These survived for a couple years and gave me the confidence to try a few more. Now, I enjoy all the greenery in the home and feel that it boosts my spirits. Maybe it’s because my kids are slowly leaving the nest I need something to nurture….
Here are a few tips to keep your plants healthy.
1. When purchasing a plant, read the label and find out how much sun and water it needs. If you are just starting out on your first plant, get one that needs less watering, so it won’t matter too much if you forget. I usually water once a week on Mondays. A designated day helps me remember. Some of my jade plants need watering only once in two weeks.
2. If it needs plant food buy the liquid type to mix with your watering.
3. Be consistent about taking care of the plants and don’t let them sit in standing water or the roots rot. Make sure to drain them properly.
4. Turn the pots around so the leaves grow evenly. We all crave sun, and it is so evident from the way plants grow.
5. If your room lacks sunlight, rotate the plants from room to room.
6. And lastly, don’t laugh, talk to your plants, it gives you a connection to them. My kids think I’m nuts, but that’s okay.