Welcome back my plant-ready friend! Are your hands or thumbs feeling more green, now that you have gone out and made that purchase?
Okay so straight to business – next up:
Give your plant a name
This may sound silly – but every plant i.e. living thing, should have a name, don’t you think? My fiddle leaf is called Figaro (named by my friend who gave it to me) and it just makes it even more endearing. Once the plant has a name, you are more likely (psychologically) to care more about the plant because you are automatically more invested in keeping it alive. Heck, you named him/her!
Create a watering and fertilizing schedule
Okay so I have never fertilized any of my plants and should probably do so once a year – but have never gotten around to it. More importantly, I have a reminder on my phone for every Sunday to water my plants depending on how dry they have gotten given the temperatures. For most people, under and over watering are the biggest reasons for a black thumb. If you set yourself reminders, you are less likely to forget! Also, you can fertilize your plants using plant food (can’t recommend any as I have not yet tried any) every few weeks.
Serenade your plant on the regular
I just had to put this in here – because someone once told me that plants love sounds and conversations around them. I obviously didn’t believe it, until I planted my very first perennials 8 years ago. I named those babies and talked to them every day after I came back from school (yes, I was in undergad then). And boy, did they flourish! Within one season, they became so big! Since that time, I have learned the value of simply saying “hello” or “how are you” to your plants as you walk past them. It seems silly, but the more you talk to them and care for them (like a crazy plant lady!), the more they will flourish. Now get talkin’ !
Stay tuned next week for a fun post on how to care for the coveted Hydrangeas!