Take your time, or else.
We've all been there: The houseplant that was so vibrant when you brought it home from the garden center is suddenly shriveled and sad-looking. Perhaps you forgot to water it, or watered it too much, or overdid it on the sunlight--but don't give up.
Don't be so quick to write off the succulent trend.
Do your worst.
Emily surprised me with a new plant on my birthday. We named her Federika. I thanked Emily a thousand times, all the while thinking, Holy, shit, if this thing dies I am totally f*cked. Please, God, don't let this f*cker die.
As a new plant parent you have to get to know your plant: how tough it is or isn't, how much water it really craves, and if it prefers classical music or perhaps an 80s throwback.
When you take a few minutes to care for something, it requires you to step outside yourself. It requires you to change your focus and put it onto the wellbeing of something else. The magic is that in nurturing the wellbeing of the plant, you are also nurturing your own wellbeing: positive action results in positive responses.
Since my daughter has left the nest and seems to be taking wonderful care of herself with, of course, several attempts on my part to always remain important and necessary, I have noticed that I have become a bit motherly with my plants. I know exactly what it is like to be motherly because I have been in the parenting game for over 20 years.
In a study published in August, researchers from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences found that working in an environment
And it doesn't even need music to get the party started.
Photo by Flickr: GOLBENGE Though these fast growers are best left in full sun, they can tolerate part shade. Prune your forsythia