I have always said that I like people who are like house plants: you leave them on a windowsill, turn them occasionally and you water them once a week.
That was until I realised (after buying plant fertiliser, a growth lamp and having to buy bottled water) that honestly house plants can also be a lot of work if you don’t have the perfect set up for them.
I have been softly allowing my hobbies to thrive again, and one of these is my house-plant obsession. For a gentle post this week, I’m going to take you through my plants!
This is my beloved Tradescantia tricolour that I speak about quite a lot and quite… intensely. She used to be thriving, and would tumble down the side of her pot:
This is what she looks like now, and honestly I’m just proud that she’s making a comeback! Especially with all that pink.
Tradescantia grows well in bright, indirect light, and can also handle direct bright light. All you have to do is sit it in a tray of water for 10-12 minutes.
This is my Chinese Money Plant, perfect for any room really that isn’t super bright. Since the beginning of lockdown, this one really has been thriving, and is pushing up many new fresh leaves. I water her by setting her into a dish of water for 10 minutes. I have recently learnt this is a great way to water any plant that is a risky plant for root rot (which this money plant can be prone to).
As well as these two, I have my little terrarium. In it is an echeveria, an out of control fittonia and a little (definitely worse for wear- last winter was not kind to him!) cactus. It looks a bit bare, but I’m waiting for the echeveria to mature before I add anything else in!
This is a tiny Aloe propagation I have on the go. I just think she’s very endearing in her own little, scraggly way. I water her when I remember to, and she seems to do pretty well in any light. Aloes are a very easy plant to begin with.
These are my ferns in whale planters, which were a gift from a dear friend when I was going through a hard time. They are thriving! These make a good edition to a shady little nook anywhere, quite frankly! You only water when the leaves droop a little, or when the top soil/moss is dry.
Katie has always loved looking after Venus Fly Traps, and she’s really good at it too. She bought hers from Ikea, and separated me off one from it. The catch flies, but this isn’t essential for their survival. The soil has to be kept boggy at all times, and is best to be watered in a dish as well! The big one is Katie’s:
And this one is mine! (it’s nowhere near as dramatic!)
One thing that I love about Venus Fly Traps, is the speed at which they grow and the growth process. I love seeing a new head unfurl from this:
This is my latest edition, my Bonsai tree! It was a gift for my 21st birthday, from my Dad. She is beautiful and I hope she enjoys my company. Apparently she enjoys indirect sunlight and you are meant to water her only when the top soil dries out. She’s meant to be fairly robust so good for a bonsai beginner!
Recently for my birthday I also received this beautiful book on plants. Of course I just love it. This is a great guide to plants, and I have found it super useful to read about plants before I get them. Enjoy your plants, and if you want to buy a plant, just buy one! Try something new.
I love my plants and they have truly taught me peace again. I may be a bit nutty, but they have brought me back to a gentle side of myself. For that I am indebted.
Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of talking through a relatively boring hobby for those outside of it.