• Ting Zheng

Welcome to the Plant Family!

So, to start - I do not have a green thumb. I have pretty much killed every plant I have ever owned, yet I want a house that is absolutely filled to the brink with all sorts of plants. It's currently my dream vibe.

Recently, I've brought 3 new plants into the fold. As a responsible plant parent, I'm going to do some decent research on how to care for these new babies with the hopes of keeping them alive longer than a year. Let's go!

The first plant I've chosen from the local Home Depot is a lovely Calathea. The leaves on this little baby can only be described as velvety, with a distinct pattern. I believe I had this plant before, which I had called my bitch plant mostly because of how finicky she was. She was much more mature and would respond horribly to light and water I gave. I didn't quite get the balance right and unfortunately, she did not make it. So here's what the internet has told me to care for my Calathea moving forward.

  1. This is a low light plant. Because of its broader leaves, it can absorb light relatively easily. They need bright light, but not direct. These plants usually sit on the jungle floor. If I start to see the leaves get a bit burned and lose color, the light is too much and needs to be moved!

  2. Calatheas like it moist. They don't want lots of water as to be soggy, but rather think tropical humidity. Water might need to be distilled, as it doesn't like the chemicals in tap. Misting the leaves is okay to do!

The next plant I got which I know is a new one for me is a tiny Parlor Palm 'Bella'. I was attracted to this one because it kind of looks like mini bamboo, plus found it in the bright light section so I thought this could be perfect for my windowsill.

  1. Bright, but indirect light. Some sun will be helpful, but harsh direct sunshine will scorch the leaves in time.

  2. Underwatering is better than overwatering. The plant should stay evenly moist, meaning the soil should never be completely dry or overly wet. A good rule of thumb would be to water the plant once a week and adjust according to how quickly the soil dries.

Finally, the last plant I got is a pot filled with a variety of succulents. Sadly, I've been able to kill succulents in the past. This one can have the most light as these are obviously drought tolerant. The key is to only water the succulent when the soil is dry, however, I tend to be bad at gauging this - it can go a few weeks without any water. So here's what I have to tell myself...don't water this plant...if you want to, just don't.

Ok, that's all 3! Wish me luck! :)

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