I can’t believe it. I have over 100 plants in my home no thanks to the lockdown and apparently, I am not the only one!
If you search on google trends for indoor plants (for Australia), you can see the popularity of the search term during lockdown.
I wish to impart some wisdom of mine after tending to these 100 green babies – do remember that this is purely from my experience and I am not a certified horticulturist (ha, I have to put some level of disclaimer here).
Some plants like it dry: Succulents, cacti, sanseviera & zz plants
Honestly speaking, I am terrible with growing cacti indoors. I once had a zygo cactus that bloomed (it was my pride and joy). Then it decided to go down south. It’s as if all the energy is used to produce the flowers and then it just gave up on life.
Having said that, I hardly water my Mother In Law Tongue (or sanseviera) and my zz. Maybe about once a month and I fertilise them with some seasol. (Bunnings should have them. My personal favourite is Powerfeed spray on as the name suggests we just spray them on and it’s no fuss. Don’t have to measure the ratio of seasol to water, yada yada).
They are doing great! Look at them.
Some plants like the soil to be dry before watering (but do water generously when it’s time to do so): Pretty much all the plants
So there’s something called ‘killing your plants with too much love’ and that is true. I used to water my plants every 2-3 days. BIG MISTAKE. I realised that all my plants like to have a shower. When I say shower, I mean : moving your plants to the basin or bathtub or whatever and just drench it with water. They love it. I suppose it mimics rainfalls that they get in the outdoors and then leave them for a bit until the soil is dry to touch (in my home it’s about 1-2 weeks) and then repeat. Similarly, fertilise once a month and they will thank you with beautiful foliage for your home.
Some plants like it WET: Philodendrons, aerums, pileas
Just chuck it in water (or the indoor plants lingo.. hydro) and they will thrive like thirsty little camels. My philodendrons were doing ok but when I moved it to water (with hydro fertilisers) it just went bat-crazy. Lush , big and glossy leaves that are almost double the size of its original leaves. So I did heaps of research and decided to take the plunge with aerums and pileas. There’s no turning back. Apparently pileas can be grown in aquariums too. It’s amazing!
Some plants like to make your life miserable.
Calatheas, string of pearls and maidenhair ferns. I am looking at you.